Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

Write a protest letter against cloud seeding

 

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The NSW Government has overriden six environmental laws and allowed experimental cloud seeding on the Main Range without environmental impact assessment.

The Government has also passed special legislation that removes the control of roads in Kosciuszko National Park from the Parks Service and also has introduced a planning policy which allows ski resort development without public comment and review. Help stop the rot…

Please write a letter of protest today

Address your letter to

The Hon Barry O'Farrell MP
Premier of NSW
Level 40, Governor Macquarie Tower
1 Farrer Place
Sydney NSW 2000

thepremier@www.nsw.gov.au

The Hon Robyn Parker MP
Minister for the Environment
Level 31, Governor Macquarie Tower
1 Farrer Place
Sydney NSW 2000

office@parker.minister.nsw.gov.au

Some suggested points may wish to include in your protest letter:

Overriding six environmental laws for an experiment in a national park is a blot on your Government’s environmental record that sets a very bad precedent for allowing development in parks without environmental assessment.

Conducting a cloud seeding experiment in one of the most environmentally sensitive areas in Australia, the Main Range of Kosciuszko National Park, is against the precautionary principle.

The taxpayer is paying $20 million for this failed experiment in a national park without environmental assessment or a public comment and review process. What is more, the Natural Resources Commission reported in 2007 that the experiment cannot provide data to prove that cloud seeding works.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service found a similar proposal was unacceptable in 1993 and the current operation is hardly different.

The proposed cloud seeding experiment could place endangered species at risk from extra rain washing away the snow cover in lower alpine areas. Snow cover provides temperature stability to snow dependent species and loss of cover leads to lethal temperature variations for nationally endangered species, such as the Mountain Pygmy Possum.

Instead of cloud seeding, will you please take the steps necessary to prevent further loss and fragmentation of habitat within the ski resorts? This would assist the survival of snow dependent species, like the endangered Mountain Pygmy Possum.

Please contain development and protect the park, support the environment groups’ Environment Protection and Restoration Plan for Kosciuszko National Park.

Please advise me when you have cancelled the cloud seeding experiment and on what steps your government will take to protect Kosciuszko National Park from resort driven development.

Signed

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