Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

Dharawal to be a national park - the values justify the decision

“Today’s announcement by Opposition Leader Barry O’Farrell to make Dharawal a National Park is fully justified by the area’s values.  The decision also clearly establishes the standing of the Shadow Environment Minister, Catherine Cusack in the Shadow Cabinet, and is supported by Shadow Industry Minister, Duncan Gay,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.

“Mining operations must be made to operate so that the environment and society is protected”, he said.

“Today’s announcement sends a signal to those communities in the Hunter Valley and elsewhere that the NSW Coalition is prepared respond to evidence and stop the damage caused by coal mining and coal seam gas extraction,” Mr Muir said. 

“There needs to be a strategic plan for coal mining and gas extraction that places important areas of water supply, agricultural and environmental value off limits.  Areas of outstanding biodiversity, natural beauty or prime agricultural productivity are more valuable than coal”, he said.

“Let today’s decision be a turning point in the battle to curb destructive mining practices in NSW”, said Mr Muir.

For more information contact: Keith Muir, (02) 9261 2400 (wk) or 0412 791 404 (ah)