Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

National Protection for National Parks

The Colong Foundation for Wilderness welcomes yesterday’s announcement by the Federal Environment Minister, Tony Burke, of more Commonwealth protection for our National Parks during his address to the Sydney Institute. 

Ref: http://www.environment.gov.au/minister/burke/2011/sp20110720.html

“It’s about time that words National Park actually had some Federal bite put into them!  Development pressures on our precious protected areas are growing every single day and new Federal environmental laws are needed that protect our national parks from logging, grazing, mining and clearing,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.

“I like Minister Burke’s “no backward step” principle that he wants to apply to all our national parks to protect them from development.  This is the sort of legal backbone that an environment minister needs as miners, loggers and resort developers start to eye off our national parks as their next bit of real estate”, he said.

“Bring it on; with the Greens in control of the Senate, now is the time to toughen up our Federal environmental laws and keep our national parks safe for future generations”, Mr Muir said.

“I can see that resort developers, miners and loggers will want to get at national parks, just as graziers want to farm Victoria’s Alpine National Park.  This proposed Commonwealth law should be contrived to stop such land grabs,” he said.

“Bring it on and demonstrate that the Gillard Government can do something really substantial for the natural world.  Do it now, and show us that they won’t prevaricate over important environment policy,” Mr Muir said.

“And let’s see what the Federal Coalition Parties are made of.  Can the Abbott Coalition act in a bipartisan way to strengthen this proposed additional protection for national parks to not only stop mining and logging, but also the fragmentation of wilderness areas in our national parks as well?, asked Mr Muir.

For more info contact: Keith Muir, (02) 9261 2400 (wk); 9550 3615 (ah); 0412 791 404 (mob)