Thursday August 29, 2013
Environment Minister Robyn Parker and Mulgoa MP Tanya Davies today announced the first management payment to the owners of the recently established 50 hectare biobanking site at Mulgoa.
Ms Parker said the payment will progress planning for the restoration of the property which adjoins the Mulgoa Nature Reserve.
“This important agreement will permanently protect one of the largest remaining stands of Cumberland Plain Woodland on private property,” Ms Parker said.
“Cumberland Plain Woodland is critically endangered. It once covered more than 100,000 hectares of the Sydney Basin – now less than 10,000 hectares remain.
“Under the agreement the owners will protect and manage the property for conservation and will receive annual payments to address threats to biodiversity values including livestock grazing, weed invasion and feral animals.”
Mrs Davies acknowledged the ongoing work of the local community in protecting and restoring Mulgoa Creek and other local areas.
“The biobanking site and Mulgoa Nature Reserve are important for conservation in our area,” Mrs Davies said.
“The first payment will be used to develop a comprehensive plan for the restoration of the property which will identify actions, and on-ground works such as bush regeneration, fencing and pest control will follow.
“I want to thank everyone who’s contributed to caring for the environment in the Mulgoa area, particularly the Mulgoa Valley Landcare Group for their efforts.”
Ms Parker said this was part of a larger NSW Government commitment – the Green Corridor Program. The $40 million program aims to purchase and protect strategic areas of high conservation value and ensure more green spaces across NSW.
The NSW Government has provided $2.26 million through the Growth Centres Biodiversity Offset Program to protect the site and the Australian Government contributed $4.11 million.