Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

Environment group welcomes Namadgi National Park draft management plan

The new Draft Plan of Management for the Namadgi National Park is one of the best to come out of South East Australia for a number of years, said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.

Mr Muir said that “The draft plan leads to way toward better protection of the natural environment.  It will help to foster appropriate nature-focussed recreation and conserve Canberra’s water resources, while facilitating co-management of the park by the local Aboriginal community.”

“The new draft plan seeks to manage this large national park in the context of other reserves and parks around Canberra. The bush capitals recreation needs are accommodated by all these reserves. This comprehensive approach to recreation also facilitates the protection of important sub-alpine wilderness, such as the Bimberi and Booth Ranges”, Mr Muir said.

“The Colong Foundation for Wilderness congratulates Chief Minister Jon Stanhope for protecting Namadgi National Park from the demands of the off road vehicle lobby.  His stance is in accordance with that of the Sydney Catchment Authority that has limited vehicle access and visitor numbers to the inner catchment of Warragamba Dam for many years. This approach is the best way to ensure protection of catchment values,” he said.

“Namadgi National Park is a great park and this draft plan looks at first glance as it will help to ensure this wonderful area remains part of our national heritage.”

For more information contact: Keith Muir, (02) 9261 2400 (wk) or 9550 3615 (ah)