Locally extinct NSW mammals including the Greater Bilby, the Numbat and the Western Quoll will be reintroduced into three of the state’s national parks as part of a $41.3 million “Reintroduction” project.
Parliamentary Secretary for Planning, Scot MacDonald MLC, joined the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) at Narrabri to see how the Reintroduction of Locally Extinct Mammals project was progressing.
AWC will be one of the agencies responsible for reintroducing at least 12 mammals, believed to be extinct in NSW, into western NSW national park estate.
Mr MacDonald said AWC would establish large feral predator-free areas in the Pilliga and at Mallee Cliffs. The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will also partner with the University of NSW who will conduct reintroduction work in Sturt National Park.
“The Pilliga region has seen a historic, significant loss of mammals. Through a strong collaboration between the NPWS and the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, I look forward to the reintroduction of threatened species in these key areas," Mr MacDonald said.
"These programs have a strong supporter in Kevin Humphries MP for Barwon."
AWC will deliver land management and science services in two areas of the NSW national park estate: the Pilliga National Park-Pilliga State Conservation Area (the Pilliga) and Mallee Cliffs National Park.
The rewilding funding is on top of $100 million the government has already committed to the Saving our Species program, which aims to maximise the number of threatened species that can be secured in the wild in NSW over the next 100 years.