“NPA welcomes today’s release of a monumental tome on one of Australia’s natural wonders – Kosciuszko National Park” says Gary Dunnett, Executive Officer of the National Parks Association of NSW.
The new book examines the history of the Snowy Mountains and tells the story of how Kosciuszko National Park, against the odds, was established and protected for all Australians to enjoy.
‘Kosciuszko: A Great National Park’ covers the transformation, from exploitation of the mountains for mining, logging, grazing and tourism developments to a focus on protection and conservation.
The authors are protected area specialist, Dr Graeme Worboys, and historian, Deirdre Slattery.
Dr Worboys commented that “the book examines the characters, movement and vision that witnessed one of Australia’s natural jewels protected as a National Park for future generations. Active management of the Park restored soil erosion and protected water catchments to benefit the high mountain’s priceless water yield for the Murray Darling Basin”. He added “it has been a privilege for Deirdre and I to compile this story for an area we both cherish and we hope it will inspire future generations to continue to protect these special mountains”.
“This book demonstrates the unparalleled legacy of Kosciuszko and celebrates the vision of those who sought to protect its natural and cultural wonders. Our forebears created the opportunity for Australia to treasure our alpine landscapes, and it is up to us to honour their vision by nurturing the Park for future generations”, Mr Dunnett concluded.