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Matt Kean added 202,000ha of national parks. Now he wants another 200,000ha

NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean formally gazetted 202,000 hectares of national parks on Friday afternoon, the largest single boost to the estate since 2005.

Mr Kean said this exceeded a goal he set himself last August to expand the state’s national parks estate by 200,000 hectares, but he now plans to double that target with a further 200,000 hectare expansion within two years.

The new national parks land include the Narriearra Caryapundy Swamp National Park of 153,682 hectares, which sits on land that was purchased in June, as well as an addition to the Sturt National Park of 17,479 hectares.

NSW Environment Minister, Matt Kean (right), and Jaymie Norris from the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, on Narriearra in far north-west NSW.

NSW Environment Minister, Matt Kean (right), and Jaymie Norris from the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, on Narriearra in far north-west NSW.Credit:Janie Barrett

“When I came into this portfolio I announced an ambitious goal and we have smashed it,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald on Friday.

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