National parks are for nature conservation not development

Polling released by the National Parks Australia Council shows the vast majority of Australians want national parks set aside for nature conservation not development.

The survey was conducted nationwide, with the protection of nature, saving threatened species, and quiet enjoyment of nature topping the list of importance for national parks and conservation areas to Australians.

Conservation Campaigner

Job description

The National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) is looking for an energetic Conservation Campaigner to help us protect and advocate for national parks, nature and wildlife across NSW. 

NPA was formed in 1957 and sixty-three years later we have 15 branches, 4,000 members and over 20,000 supporters. We are passionate about the importance of national parks for quality of life and a biodiverse, healthy planet. NPA’s successes are based on our state-wide reach, deep local knowledge and an evidence-based approach to advocacy. 

The Conservation Campaigner will play a critical role in the creation of new national parks as well as defending existing parks against damaging legislation, policies or development. It’s a chance to make a difference to conservation in NSW.

Have Your Say – Cycling in National Parks and reserves

What is proposed?

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has exhibited three documents that will determine the future of cycling in NSW’ national parks and reserves: the draft Cycling Policy; draft Cycling Strategy; and draft Implementation Guidelines.  These three documents describe the types of cycling experiences that will be provided in parks; define how roads, tracks and trails are selected as suitable for cycling; set design standards for dedicated cycling facilities; and propose measures to ensure that any environmental impacts are detected and remediated.

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).