The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will restore the land and water resources that were affected by the drought in NSW, according to the state’s Environment Minister.
The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) said it had set aside $8 million to help restore some of the land that was destroyed in the 2015-16 drought.
“This land is worth more than $100 million, and the DPI will use this money to restore and protect some of this land,” Environment Minister David Leyonhjelm said.
He said the state was committed to ensuring all parts of the state were protected and that the drought had resulted in a loss of about 500 hectares of agricultural land.
“This is not a good time for our agriculture to be damaged or damaged in any way,” Mr Leyonhalm said in a statement.
Mr Leyonhum said that the DPIs assessment of the damage had determined the loss of up to 300 hectares of land in western Sydney and the rest of the State, and would not be reimbursed.
“The DPIs land assessment has concluded that the loss in the last three years was worth $100.000 to the State Government,” he said.
“If the land is not returned to the land owners then it is not possible for the State to recoup the cost of its work in the next two years.”
Mr Leytonhjolm said the government was also undertaking a detailed analysis of the impact of the drought on tourism.
“It is now time to restore some lost land, and it will take a very long time,” he added.
The NPWS is working to restore the remaining agricultural land in the state.
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