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(Part Of) Malabar Headland To Become National Park

By Alexandra Power on February 17, 2011 in News

Randwick City Mayor Murray Matson welcomed an announcement by the Federal Government last week (Friday, February 11) to transfer ownership of the western Malabar Headland to the State Government for use as a National Park.

Mayor Matson said the long-awaited transfer was a positive step towards preserving this important natural habitat for future generations.

“Council has long campaigned for the preservation of Malabar Headland as noted in our City Plan,” Mayor Matson said.  .

“This is a win for the local residents who have been waiting a long time to see Malabar Headland become a National Park. Unfortunately the proposal only relates to a part of the headland, but I look forward to the Federal Government handing over the remaining space in the future for community open space.

“Malabar Headland is one of the largest areas of significant natural vegetation within Randwick City home to several species of rare native flora,” Mr Matson said.

“The site will be further protected under Council’s new comprehensive Local Environment Plan, which will propose rezoning this part of the Headland from residential to National Park.

“Importantly, the public will have access to the land, which will help our plans to extend the Sydney Coastal Walk south of Maroubra Beach to connect with Botany Bay. Eventually the Coastal Walk is envisaged to provide a continuous walking track linking Sydney Harbour with Botany Bay.”