Funding is provided to the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) for the acquisition of land that will deliver on-ground conservation outcomes through the continued development of a world-class reserve system for New South Wales. Land acquired will be protected and managed, in perpetuity, under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (NPW Act). Building the NSW national park system is a dynamic, incremental process, responsive to changing priorities, threats, constraints and information, and staged over decades.
Reserve establishment requires ongoing commitment because it has a long-term outlook, evolves slowly over time, and progress towards conservation goals is rarely linear and difficult to predict.
Under the project, lands purchased will be based on long-standing criteria consistent with NSW statutory instruments; state, national and international planning instruments; and NPWS management instruments governing the purpose and implementation of the reservation of land for the national park system.