"Thurloo Downs in the state's far north-west is being acquired by the NSW
Government for addition to the national parks estate. At 437,394 hectares –
almost twice the size of Australian Capital Territory – it is the largest
acquisition of private land for national parks in NSW history.
The property contains exceptional biodiversity values, filling important gaps
in the national park estate and protecting landscapes and ecosystems not found
in any other national park. These habitats support an array of threatened
species, including black falcon, flock bronzewing, bustard, stripe-faced
dunnart and woma python.
Located between Bourke and Tibooburra and boasting spectacular scenery, the
property will become a must-see destination in a network of national parks in
far western New South Wales. It includes a complex network of rivers, salt
lakes and floodplains, fringed with coolibah and decorated with billabongs and
waterholes. Long parallel sand dunes overlook a mosaic of woodlands,
transitioning into sandplains and gibber country.
The property has extensive Aboriginal cultural heritage with evidence of
artefacts, including hearth remains, flakes, grinding plates and other items of
significance across the property. The National Parks and Wildlife Service will
work with the Aboriginal community to protect these important cultural sites.
Thurloo will transition to a national park over the next 2 years as the
pastoral operation winds down. During this period, we will deliver targeted
feral animal and weed control, undertake ecological and cultural heritage
surveys, and plan visitor infrastructure."
Via Future Crunch
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