New conservation park on Hindmarsh Island to protect threatened fish, birds

Date posted: 19 April 2017

Hon Ian Hunter MLC

Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation

South Australia has proclaimed a new 1058-hectare conservation park at the eastern end of Hindmarsh Island, within an area of wetlands that support a large number of threatened fish and water bird species.

The Lawari Conservation Park supports three native fauna species of national conservation significance, and a further 30 fauna and one flora species at the state level, including the Far Eastern Curlew and Cape Barren Goose.

It is situated within an area of internationally important wetlands formally recognised as the Coorong and Lakes Alexandrina and Albert Ramsar Reserve.

Background

Lawari Conservation Park comprises two former grazing properties, purchased with assistance from the Commonwealth’s National Reserve System Program for inclusion into the protected area system.

The park is located at the eastern end of Hindmarsh Island, near the Murray Mouth at Goolwa. It covers important wetlands containing a diverse array of habitats that support threatened fish and water bird species.

The State Government, through the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, manages more than 340 national and conservation parks, regional and conservation reserves, recreation parks and other protected areas.

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The proclamation of the new Lawari Conservation Park demonstrates the Government’s commitment to conserving and managing South Australia’s biodiversity.

Since March 2002 we have added, or re-classified to a higher conservation status, more than 2.2 million hectares to the state’s reserve system. We have proclaimed 73 new parks and added land to 84 existing parks, and we have reclassified 49 areas to give them higher conservation status.

The natural environment is an integral part of the state’s identity and is also critically important as habitat for threatened species of national, state and regional conservation significance.

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