These programs will result in a diverse range of outcomes including on-ground restoration works, greater awareness and engagement of the community in environmental issues, research into important environmental issues, the protection of valuable habitats and threatened communities, and achieving greater sustainability through partnerships with local government, businesses and communities.
A highlight this year is the significance of the biodiversity outcomes that have been achieved. The purchase of a large property in western NSW through the Land Acquisition Program will protect over 17,000 hectares of endangered woodland communities, while the joint purchase of historic ‘Beulah’ near Appin and associated biodiversity credits will permanently protect 60 hectares of endangered communities through the Growth Centres Biodiversity Offset Program.
This year has also seen the largest delivery of environmental water to wetlands in NSW since inception of the NSW RiverBank Program four years ago. This contributed to the recovery of several key wetland complexes and successful large-scale waterbird breeding events in the Lachlan, Gwydir, Macquarie and Murrumbidgee valleys.