Heritage Estates is an important tract of natural vegetation that contains a wide range of species and allows them to travel between Booderee National Park and other habitats. Developing it would isolate the species within Booderee, making it a much less healthy habitat and ecosystem.
All three levels of Government have come together with the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife to protect a high conservation area known as Heritage Estates. The Estates are located at Worrowing Heights next to Vincentia and Erowal Bay, in the Shoalhaven City Council area on the South Coast of New South Wales.
This project was funded through generous donations from FNPW supporters across Australia and beyond.
The Australian Government, through its Caring for our Country grant program, provided more than $5.4 million to fund the project, which is being managed by FNPW. The project will see the purchase of as many lots within Heritage Estates as possible for inclusion into Jervis Bay National Park, for permanent protection.
Adding these lots to the National Park will provide added security to the habitats of the 26 threatened species known to exist in the area including the endangered Eastern Bristlebird and the vulnerable Leafless Tongue-orchid.
Local and state governments are also playing critical roles in this project. Shoalhaven City Council is donating the land it owns within Heritage Estates to the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage for inclusion in Jervis Bay National Park. It will also at the appropriate point rezone all remaining privately-owned Heritage Estates lots to E2 Environmental Conservation.
By adding these lots to Jervis Bay National Park, important habitat for threatened species will be protected. A wildlife corridor connecting Jervis Bay National Park and Booderee National Park will also be preserved.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
FNPW supports projects across Australia. In the spirit of reconciliation we acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture.
PROGRESS OF THIS PROJECT
The project was supported by FNPW from 2010 through to 2020.
As of July 1, 2018 any Offers to Sell in relation to the Heritage Estates Land Project must go through:
National Parks & Wildlife Service Reserve Establishment Team
Ph: 1300 361 967
FNPW is the lead organisation for this project.
The Australian Government supported this project through its Caring for our Country grant program.
The NSW Government will manage the purchased land as part of Jervis Bay National Park.