Highlands News

Push for new National Park

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State Environment Minister Matt Keen has met with key local representatives to discuss the creation of a Bargo Nepean National Park.

The proposal has been around for quite some time and Mr. Keen has carried out an inspection of Mermaid Pools with Wollondilly MP Nathaniel Smith and Wollondilly Mayor Matthew Deeth

Mayor Deeth believes a National Park would add further protections to the area, especially for Koalas.

The establishment of the Great Burragorang Valley Walk was also on the agenda.

It comes after Wollondilly Councillors endorsed a concept strategy for the 316 kilometre Walk.

The walk once completed will include access points at Balmoral, Colo Vale and Mittagong aswell as Thirlmere Lakes, Oakdale, Wentworth Falls and Katoomba.

Consultation with local Aboriginal communities is underway and there'll also be work to develop mapping and acquiring owner consent to access particular areas.

Mayor Deeth says he's also been speaking with Wingecarribee Council about the project.