Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

Snowy 2 Bill means green cred will be dispatched next Tuesday

On Tuesday next week the NSW Parliament will debate legislation[1] to enable a 75 year lease to be issued for the Snowy 2 pump storage power development inside Kosciuszko National Park.  The proposal is still at the exploration stage, and may not be viable, but if it proceeds it will seriously damage our largest National Park.  The Colong Foundation for Wilderness calls on all political parties to reject this bill and instead develop a genuine green power policy that protects our precious national parks.

“The NSW Greens will support the Snowy 2 legislation to prioritise the urgent need for dispatchable green power.  Their stance marks a growing trend toward toleration of national park development, with three hydro-power projects mooted in NSW national parks,” Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness said.

“It is morally wrong to develop green energy infrastructure in national parks.  It is wrong for the same reason it’s wrong to graze stock in a national park, or log them, flood them, or fill them full of feral animals.  It is also wrong to clear ski runs of granite tors and snow gums, and it is wrong to do all these things because national parks are set aside for nature,” Mr Muir said.

“We are bad making choices that are wrecking protected wilderness and this is another serious symptom of our political dysfunction”, Mr Muir said. 

“The NSW Greens are demonstrating political maturity.  And they may be adopting the lesser of two evils with Snowy 2, but where is their national energy policy that protects national parks?  Where are we going, and what political map are we using, does anybody know? ”, Mr Muir asks.

“After this horrid week, it’s time to again relocate ourselves on the energy policy map and confirm where it’s taking us.  Surely we must use the report on 22,000 potential pump-storage project sites for dispatchable green power[2] prepared by the Australian National University that were identified outside national parks,” he said.

“All political parties need a sustainable green energy policy that does not wreck national parks.  Loss of national parks for green energy is bad policy and political parties can and must do better”, said Mr Muir.

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

 

[1] Snowy Hydro Corporatisation Amendment (Snowy 2.0) Bill, 2018