A 1,610-hectare property on the Southern Flinders Ranges has been purchased by the State Government and is planned to be included in a future national parks system.
The area will be a suitable habitat for rare and vulnerable flora and fauna, including the Rough Bush-everlasting, Scarlet Robin and the Regent Parrot and will enable more effective fire mitigation works to be undertaken.
The property that was purchased from a private vendor is located 13 km north east of Port Pirie and will create a connecting link between Telowie Gorge Conservation Park, the Napperby block of Mount Remarkable National Park and the new Wirrabara Range Conservation Park.
The strategic location of the land will allow for more effective conservation outcomes across the landscape which Quinten Vanderwerf the manager of nature based tour operator, In The Flinders says is very important for the region.
“The ability for the government to provide better outcomes for fire protection and flora and fauna conservation is also very important for this region and is mutually beneficial for our communities, businesses and visitors.”
The purchase of the land now secures a protection of an extensive area of woodland, mallee and tall shrub lands which will see an increase in the conservation buffer around the colonies of the Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby.
Mr Vanderwerf hopes that this move from the State Government will become a strategically important drawcard for tourism in the Southern Flinders.
“The economic benefit of National Parks are fantastic for locals and often extend beyond the immediate tourism benefits.”
Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation, Ian Hunter is praising the family who have owned and managed the property, saying it is in an excellent condition.
“The acquisition of this property presents an unprecedented opportunity for the people of South Australia, with significant benefits for conservation, nature-based tourism and the regional economy.”
“Once added to the parks system, it will create a continuous protected area spanning close to 8000 hectares in the Southern Flinders Ranges.”