A new national park aimed at protecting koalas along Sydney’s Georges River is one leap closer to fruition with the NSW Government transferring nearly 1,000 hectares of land to the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Minister for Climate Change and the Environment Penny Sharpe announced that an $80 million investment will accelerate the addition of over 1000 hectares of public land to the national park system within three years.

“The transfer and reservation of these lands will deliver long-lasting conservation benefits for Sydney’s largest koala population, helping to ensure generations to come will see them in the wild,” Ms Sharpe said.

Once completed, the park will encompass approximately 1,830 hectares, providing protection for Sydney’s largest koala population and establishing a koala movement corridor.

The park will include bushland in various areas such as Long Point, Ingleburn, Minto Heights, and Appin. Additionally, it will offer nature-based recreation opportunities for local communities.

“It’s exciting to see this important green space help conserve Australia’s most iconic animal as part of the transfer of lands to the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service,” Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Paul Scully said.

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is consulting with the local Aboriginal community to name the park. It is also ensuring the transferred lands are in a suitable condition for reservation.

This initiative reflects the NSW Labor Government’s commitment to safeguarding koalas and their habitats, with 63% of the public land transfer already achieved.

“The protection and conservation of connected koala habitat is an important part of making sure that our precious koalas will be looked after for years to come,” Member for Campbelltown Greg Warren said.

The government is investing $80 million as part of a broader $172 million effort to conserve koalas across NSW, complementing the existing $193 million Koala Strategy.