Endangered Stockrington ecological communities protected

Five endangered ecological communities will be protected under an agreement to transfer more than 2200 hectares of land in Stockrington to the NSW Government, Environment Minister Mark Speakman announced today.

Masked owl (Tyto novaehollandiae) female, vulnerable species NSW

The 2250 hectares of land at Stockrington is now part of the NSW national park system and helps complete a green corridor from Stockton Bight to the Watagans in the Hunter Valley.

“Reserving this land will help ensure the long term survival of threatened species, including koalas and masked owls,” Mr Speakman said.

The green corridor connects ecological reserves.

The five endangered ecological communities found within the reserve are the Sydney Basin Bioregion freshwater wetlands, the lowland redgum forest, the spotted gum ironbark forest, the swamp mahogany paperbark forest and the swamp oak bushland forest.

Coal and Allied transferred the land to the government as part of its approval for a housing development at Minmi and an industrial development at Black Hill.