The New South Wales government has purchased more than 60,000 hectares of farmland near Broken Hill for an outback nature reserve, home to at least 14 threatened species. In an effort to expand conservation efforts in the traditionally underrepresented far west of the state, on Monday NSW environment minister Matt Kean announced the government had finalised the purchase of the neighbouring Langidoon and Metford sheep stations. The amount paid for the 60,468 hectares of land – located 65km east of Broken Hill – has not been made public, but it’s understood it was funded by NSW environmental trust. This purchase represents the second-biggest national parks land procurement in NSW in the last decade, preceded only by the acquisition of the 153,415 hectare Narriearra station in the state’s far north-west in June last year. A map showing the purchased land. Photograph: NSW government The stations stretch across sandplains, stony desert and shrubland, and are located in a bioregion that has one of Australia’s lowest levels of reservations – only 3.4% of the land is currently protected. The Treloar and Metford creeks also run through the properties. “Land to the west of the Great Dividing Range supports a great diversity of […]

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