New land for Heathcote National Park

Heathcote National Park gained an additional 6.9ha of land worth $2.6 million today, NSW Environment Minister Mark Speakman announced.

The kingfisher pool in Heathcote National Park

The land comprised seven blocks purchased from private owners and government agencies by the Department of Planning & Environment’s Office of Strategic Lands.

“This addition to Heathcote creates more public space for the community to enjoy and will help to protect our native wildlife,” Mr Speakman said.

“Heathcote National Park has been a place of recreation for generations, and I’m pleased to see it growing so future generations can also enjoy it.”

Mr Speakman said the NSW Government was committed to improving and protecting the state’s national parks, which now covered more than seven million hectares across NSW.

The additional land would simplify the national park’s eastern boundary, Mr Speakman said.

It would also assist with weed control, simplify fire management and help with management of illegal rubbish dumping and unregulated vehicle use within the park.

Member for Heathcote Lee Evans said the additional land was a win for the community.

“Heathcote National Park is a well-used public space and a vital sanctuary for native flora and fauna,” Mr Evans said.

NSW Department of Planning and Environment acquired the land to protect bushland and boost open space.

The transfer of land was gazetted today.