National Parks and Nature’s Gifts 

Bruce Gall is a former Director of the Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Service & Dr Graeme L. Worboys AM, is a former Honorary Associate Professor, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University

This article is the second in an 8-part series discussing our nature’s gifts.

National parks and other protected areas secure many of our nature’s gifts, though this was not the primary intention of our first parks.

Thanks to its pre-federation colonies, Australia was a world leader in the establishment of national parks. Following America’s creation of Yellowstone in 1872, a further 14 national parks were established globally to 1900, of which six were by colonial governments: NSW (2), South Australia (1), Victoria (2) and Western Australia (1). The balance of these historic declarations was by Canada (3), New Zealand (2) and the USA (3).

The intergenerational effort to secure a future for the iconic Wollemi Pine

Berin Mackenzie, Scientist (Ecosystems and Threatened Species), NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE)

Nearly two decades in the making, the translocation of Wollemi Pine into Wollemi National Park has been a massive and highly successful interagency effort exemplifying the power of collaboration.

New Western Project

Ross McDonnell, NPA Treasurer

The NPA State Council recently approved an exciting new project which will enhance the NPA’s advocacy role for increasing conservation measures in central and western NSW.

The project was established through the NPA Landscape Conservation Forum (formerly the reserves committee) and relates to the NPA Strategic Plan priority to ‘implement a protected area plan for the precious bioregions and waterways west of the Great Divide’.

Recent Changes to the National Parks and Wildlife Act

During the last parliamentary sittings of 2021 the NSW Government introduced a Bill (ie. draft legislation) to amend the National Parks and Wildlife Act, the legislation that determines how our national parks and reserves are created, protected and managed.  The changes proposed under the National Parks and Wildlife Amendment Bill were diverse and far reaching, the most significant changes ever proposed to the legislation that has served as the centre-piece of the NSW protected area management for more than half a century.  Diverse, far reaching, and in the case of at least half of the proposed changes, appalling.