More than 650 hectares has been added to four of South Australia’s national parks to strengthen conservation and biodiversity across the state.
The proclamations of the additional land are at Canunda National Park, Carpenter Rocks Conservation Park, Para Wirra Conservation Park and Charleston Conservation Park.
Director National Parks and Crown Land Programs Grant Pelton said these particular parks and the surrounding lands are vitally important from a conservation perspective and the proclamation ensures appropriate legislative protection of the area.
“National parks play a crucial role in conservation and biodiversity and this will be strengthened by the addition of more protected land,” Grant said.
“These lands have been acquired through a mix of government funding, philanthropic support, and grants from the Native Vegetation Council.
“These protected areas conserve important ecosystems, habitats, flora and fauna, unique land formations, and culturally significant places.
“They also help ensure we continue to have clean air, soil and water, and contribute to global efforts to conserve biodiversity against the impacts of climate change.
“Protected areas are essential spaces to enjoy nature in all its forms, and provide a wide range of environmental, social and economic benefits to people and communities.”
Canunda National Park is located near Beachport, on the Limestone Coast. The additions comprise approximately 389 hectares of seasonally inundated swampy areas and coastal shrubland communities. These areas provide critical habitat for a number of nationally threatened species, including the Swamp Antechinus, Curlew Sandpiper and Red Knot.
Carpenter Rocks Conservation Park is located approximately 40 kilometres south-west of Mount Gambier. The addition comprises 30 hectares of high biodiversity value land containing virtually the entire known range of the Carpenter Rocks Gum. It also contains extensive examples of threatened ecological communities, including the Kangaroo Island Pomaderris, Slender Speedwell, Prickly Grevillea and Thatching Grass Sedgeland. This community has historically suffered severe degradation due to drainage, increased salinity and grazing.
Para Wirra Conservation Park is located 4 kilometres west of Williamstown north of Adelaide. The land for addition compromises approximately 179 hectares, containing extensive examples of threatened ecological communities, including River Red Gum grassy woodlands, River Red Gum riparian woodlands, Pink Gum and Blue Gum woodlands, rich native grasslands and small wetland bogs, all of which have suffered significant decline in the Mount Lofty Ranges.
Charleston Conservation Park is located approximately four kilometres east of Charleston in the Adelaide Hills. The additions comprise 62 hectares, doubling the size of the park in a landscape that retains relatively few examples of intact native vegetation. Very little of this high rainfall, grassy woodland vegetation remains in the Mount Lofty Ranges. Over 77 native plant species and 87 native animal species have been recorded in the area including the Diamond Firetail, the Yellow-Tailed Black Cockatoo and the Behr’s Cowslip Orchid.
For more information on the state’s national parks visit: www.parks.sa.gov.au