National Parks under attack! Help nature claim them back!
Natural Resources Commission’s recommendations regarding commercial logging and grazing in the Brigalow and Nandewar State Conservation Areas north of Coonabarabran must be rejected by the NSW Government. Please take action today.
A year has passed since the Game Council was abolished. Yet hunting of feral animals now occurs in twelve national parks under National Parks and Wildlife Service supervision. Do not forget that the Shooter's legislation for hunting in national parks was passed by the NSW Government and remains law. Hunting also occurs in 358 state forests, including Newnes and Ben Bullen State Forests.
The shooters' law could still lock everyone else out of parks, put lives in danger, wreck park tourism and spread feral pests. Its not over, all national parks could be at risk!
Shooting in parks is subject to a three year trial. In July 2016, the Natural Resources Commission will report on this trial and it is likely to find in favour of hunting in parks. Depending on the political complexion of Parliament after the March 2015 state election, hunting could then be allowed in up to 75 parks as previously announced under the Government’s deal with the Shooters and Fishers Party. Only constant pressure will stop hunting in national parks.
Not that the Opposition is a clean skin. They set up the Game Council and approved the spending of $5.6 million of taxpayers money on the Southern Highland Shooting Complex beside the Nattai Wilderness. As a result, 1000 hectares of World Heritage quality bushland has been destroyed.
Conservation groups must be vigilant and push to make hunting for sport illegal in national parks.
Horse riders trial access in the last bastion, precious wilderness continues. This trail is just a political ploy to allow riding. The environmental damage arising from horse riding is well known. This is another classic example of political decision making that compromises national parks.
The National Parks and Wildlife Amendment (Visitors and Tourists) Act 2010, passed by the previous administration has weakened the laws that protect our national parks from privatisation and commercial exploitation. The Environment Minister now has discretion over leases that don't need to be subject to the nature conservation purposes of National Parks. The Colong Foundation expects more development abuse of our national park estate.
The Shooters and Fishers Party chaired an Upper House Committee Inquiry into Public Lands is reviewing the reservation of national parks, especially the River Red Gum parks and examining "sustainable use" as a way of delivering conservation outcomes. The Colong Foundation's submission rejects this inquiry's bias towards seeing protected areas as a cornucopia of resources to be exploited.
The Shooters and Fishers Party has also given notice of a motion to amend the Wilderness Act 1987 and the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 with respect to the management of wilderness areas so as to allow horse riding and mountain bike riding everywhere in these areas.
Other environmental laws under attack
There's plenty to be wild about in NSW. Our planning and land clearing laws are also under attack by property and development interests.
Send an email
Please express your concern by emailing the following MPs. Ask that National Parks be kept free of hunting, logging, grazing and development. Ask that they will repeal the hunting in national parks law and the Ministerial discretion over whether any lease or development meets the heritage conservation requirements of the National Parks and Wildlife Act. The protection of national parks from adverse impacts of recreational hunting and privatisation is essential:
Tell them , loud and clear, national parks are for nature.
Premier Mike Baird - www.nsw.gov.au/your-government/contact-premier-new-south-wales
Environment Minister Robert Stokes - firstname.lastname@example.org
Opposition Leader John Robertson - LOP@parliament.nsw.gov.au
Shadow Environment Minister Luke Foley - email@example.com
Join the campaign. Together we can protect our precious national parks for nature and our kids.