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AWC to partner with NSW at Pilliga Nature Reserve and Mallee Cliffs National Park

Pilliga Nature Reserve

On 5 June, the NSW Government announced that Bilbies, Numbats and other mammals that are currently listed as extinct in NSW are set to be returned to the State’s national parks under an historic partnership with Australian Wildlife Conservancy.

Today, the NSW Environment Minister, the Hon Mark Speakman MP, has announced that AWC will be reintroducing regionally extinct mammals, and delivering related park management services, at the following locations:

  • Pilliga Nature Reserve, covering over 80,000 hectares andlocated between Coonabarabran and Narrabri.

  • Mallee Cliffs National Park, covering over 60,000 hectares and located in the south-west of NSW, near Wentworth and Mildura.

Pilliga Nature Reserve

AWC will establish large fox and cat-free areas at both Pilliga Nature Reserve and Mallee Cliffs National Park. Within these areas - protected by specially designed conservation fences – wild populations of mammal species that are extinct in NSW including the Bridled Nailtail Wallaby, the Brush-tailed Bettong, the Western Barred Bandicoot, the Western Quoll, the Bilby and the Numbat, will be reintroduced.

Details such as fence location and other key elements of the project are being finalised in discussions between AWC and NSW.

The initiative will also deliver important benefits for local communities by creating a unique opportunity for national park visitors to see some of Australia’s most endangered mammals in the wild.


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