NSW Environment Minister, Matt Kean has announced the second largest land acquisition for national parks in the last 10 years with the purchase of the neighbouring Lanigdoon and Metford stations, 65km east of Broken Hill.
The plan for the two properties, totaling 60,468 hectares, is to create a new outback reserve conserving significant biodiversity and Aboriginal heritage in the region.
“Land to the west of the Great Dividing Range supports a great diversity of wildlife, unique natural heritage and culturally important places, worthy of protection,” Mr Kean said.
“This new park will be an important refuge for wildlife including at least 14 threatened animal species including habitat for the Australian bustard, white fronted chat and the pink cockatoo.”
In time, it is expected visitors will be able to explore sandplains and stony desert, gibber chenopod shrublands, floodplain woodland along watercourses and a lake system that provides habitat for a range of migratory bird species.
The properties contain important Aboriginal heritage including artefacts such as grinding plates and stones.
National Parks Association of NSW president, Dr Grahame Douglas welcomed the announcement: "Western NSW has long been recognised as the big gap in the NSW reserve system."
"This new national park joins Narriearra Caryapundy Swamp National Park as landmark steps towards the conservation of the unique natural landscapes of western NSW," said Dr Douglas.
"The new reserve is known to have very significant natural and cultural heritage values. Even so, a range of environmental restoration works, possibly including the rewilding of locally extinct species, will be required to secure the biodiversity values of the new park."