Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

9 June legal advice on proposed new National Park law

NATIONAL PARKS AND WILDLIFE AMENDMENT (VISITORS AND TOURISTS) BILL 2010

Memorandum of Advice

1. This Bill was introduced into the Parliament on 3 June 2010. I prepared an advice on an earlier draft Bill on 11 May 2010. Mr Walker SC prepared an advice on 1 June 2010 concerning a later version of the Bill.

2. The gravamen of Mr Walker's advice is that the Bill (in its current form) strengthens rather than weakens the protections in the existing Act for National Parks and other conservation reserves. He concludes (para 24) that the Bill “does not alter, in any way that has any significance for conservation values, the present capacity for [food outlets and accommodation premises etc] to be permitted within National Parks”. Mr Walker’s “etc” is left hanging, so it might be useful to explain what it involves.

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