Parks Australia – Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

The Paroo Darling National Park is a blend of seven properties totalling 230,000 hectares fronting on to the last unregulated river in the Murray Darling Basin. The park was purchased between 2000 and 2003 by the New South Wales Government, with help from the National Reserve System Program.

The development of the National Park and the conservation work involved opened the floodgates for environmental benefits far downstream. A secure reserve with healthy wetlands and river reaches helps to retain soil moisture, keep the water table down and prevent salinity, which is a major problem across much of the Basin. Maintaining native plant cover also helps control erosion, avoiding the loss of precious topsoil into the river.

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