Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

NSW must follow Victoria and scrap its plan to log parks

NSW must follow Victoria and scrap its plan to log parks
or risk becoming a conservation pariah at the World Parks Congress next month

“The Colong Foundation for Wilderness calls on the Premier of NSW the Hon. Mike Baird to rule out logging and grazing in NSW parks or risk his Government being labelled a conservation pariah at the World Parks Congress[1] next month,” said Keith Muir who is director of the Foundation.

“Yesterday the Victorian Government ruled out logging in Barmah National Park[2], on the border of Victoria and NSW, and now the only sensible thing for the NSW Government to do is follow suit,” Mr Muir said.

“You can’t host a World Parks Congress in Sydney and claim everything is “fine and lovely in the state of NSW” when there are plans to log and graze parks in the Riverina[3] and the Pilliga[4].  NSW will be seen as a conservation muggins, with no substantial conservation gains since Premier Mike Baird took over”, said Mr Muir.

“Delegates from around the world will be horrified to hear that our river red gum parks are being chopped down for firewood and that there are plans to burn the woodlands in Pilliga’s parks to generate electricity.  The international delegates to the Congress won’t be slapping the NSW Government on the back for such green energy initiatives!  The Government needs to rethink its park policies and fast, as its park management has become a political football,” he said.

“Now is the time for the NSW Government to get its environmental house in order, and make some conservation program announcements.  For a start the NSW Government must renounce all plans to log and graze in our wonderful parks”, Mr Muir said. 

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

[1] http://worldparkscongress.org/index.html

2 http://www.smh.com.au/victoria/victoria-scraps-barmah-national-park-river-red-gum-logging-trial-20141023-11amt8.html

3 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-10-01/red-gum-logging-0110/5781598

4 Natural Resources Commission, 2014, Draft Report - Active and Adaptive Cypress Management in the Brigalow and Nandewar State Conservation Areas, NRC, Sydney.

 

 

[4] Natural Resources Commission, 2014, Draft Report - Active and Adaptive Cypress Management in the Brigalow and Nandewar State Conservation Areas, NRC, Sydney.