Destination NSW

The Government is improving liveability for the people of NSW, allocating $1.9 billion in 2018-19 towards valued and protected environment and heritage initiatives: 

  • $632.3 million for national parks, public parklands and gardens to grow tourism and improve liveability and sustainability. This includes: 
    • $17.2 million for the Snowies Iconic Great Walk
    • $9.9 million for the Thredbo Valley Track Extension 
    • $7.9 million for the Light to Light Great Walk 
    • $3.6 million for the Murramarang South Coast Walk
    • $3.0 million for the Port Stephens Koala Hospital and Tourism Facility. 
  • other Government commitments include: 
    • $11.0 million towards Murray River Experience 
    • $8.5 million for the Jenolan project 
    • $6.3 million towards the Scone Aviation Visitor Attraction centre
    • $5.0 million towards the Wagga Wagga Riverside Precinct Rejuvenation 
    • $4.6 million for the Winnie Bay Clifftop Walk. 
  • $102.1 million (part of a five-year $1.4 billion program) to deliver outcomes that help communities and businesses adapt to a changing climate
  • $89.4 million ($345.0 million over four years) for the Biodiversity Conservation Trust of New South Wales to deliver private land conservation outcomes across priority areas
  • $59.5 million to move the National Herbarium from its current location in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney to Mount Annan, creating 350 new jobs. The new, purpose-built Centre of Innovation in Plant Sciences will be the nation’s premier botanic science research facility
  • $36.8 million to protect threatened species across NSW by maximising the number of threatened species secured in the wild, by investing $11.9 million to implement the Koala Strategy and $24.9 million through the Saving our Species program
  • $20 million over five years for the creation and upgrade of inclusive playspaces to improve the liveability of NSW communities as part of the Everyone Can Play in NSW program 
  • $9.5 million in 2018-19 ($37.5 million over four years) partnering with community, councils and business to increase the average tree canopy across Sydney as part of the Five Million Trees for Greater Sydney by 2030 program.

The 2018-19 Budget also includes $42.9 million infrastructure investment in National Parks to increase tourism in New South Wales. This includes:

  • $7.7 million over four years for the Tweed Hinterlands Walk, Byron to Border Ranges
  • $10.7 million for the Great Southern Nature Walk- Southern Gateway
  • $7.5 million for the Macleay Coast Trial Bay precinct upgrade
  • $7.1 million for the Tomaree Coastal Walk in Port Stephens
  • $9.9 million for the Sydney Harbour Scenic Walk.