Investment in Dorrigo walks must be matched by Great Koala National Park establishment funding

The National Parks Association (NPA) welcomed yesterday’s announcement of major walking track upgrades through mid-north coast rainforests while questioning why the NSW Government has neglected to protect nearby public forests from logging.  

‘We’re always supportive of environmentally sensitive works for nature-based tourism, but surely the first priority must be to protect all of the forests of the proposed Great Koala National Park’ asserted NPA campaigner Paula Flack.  

Prosecution Of Forestry Corporation Shows They Are Unfit To Manage Our State Forests

The Land and Environment Court’s decision to fine NSW Forestry Corporation for destroying koala habitat at Cattle Creek near Coffs Harbour shows Forestry Corporation is woefully unfit for managing our State Forests. 

The Great Koala National Park, an initiative of the National Parks Association of NSW, calls for the immediate end to all logging on public native forests in NSW, in light of the court’s decision. 

Community Forum — The Great Koala National Park, Coffs Harbour

Danielle Ryan and James Sherwood, Conservation Campaigners

A Community Forum was held in Coffs Harbour on 28 April, hosted by NPA to spread awareness about the organisation’s proposal for The Great Koala National Park. The event was a great success, booking out before the night. NPA’s park proposal spans from the mountains to the coasts of the Coffs Harbour region, encompassing ancient Gondwanan rainforests and the most diverse tall eucalypt forests on earth. Advocacy for this proposal is about creating a positive vision around transitioning away from unsustainable native forestry logging to ensure critical koala habitat is protected, encompassing about 20 per cent of the state’s koala population.

National Parks Council of Australia poll on how the community feels about national parks and nature protection

Note: much of the text below has been crafted by our colleagues at the Victorian National Parks Association. Thanks to VNPA Nature Conservation Officer Elizabeth Morison for allowing NPA to adapt her article for NSW.

The National Parks Australia Council (NPAC) brings together the peak non-government environmental organisations focused on the future of National Parks, Nature Reserves and other elements of our Protected Area Networks.  The Council allows NPAs to share the experiences of each State and identify common challenges and opportunities to improve the condition of protected areas. 

Film Review: Where the Water Starts

Luisa Bertoggi and Helen Wilson, Illawarra Branch

Illawarra Branch hosted the premiere theatrical screening of this important documentary about Australia’s high country. It gives a First Nations perspective on the Alps as ‘where the water starts’ and features Richard Swain, Indigenous ambassador for the Invasive Species Council. The enthusiastic audience asked Richard, Alison and the filmmakers a lot of questions and agreed the film needs to be seen by all Australians. Caring for the high country is crucial for addressing climate change and for managing our river systems. It’s no place for feral horses.

Hand-back day: Mt Yarrowyck Nature Reserve becomes Bulagaranda Aboriginal Area

Lynne Hosking, President, Armidale Branch

Bulagaranda (Mount Yarrowyck) Aboriginal Area is 30km west of Armidale. It is managed by the Anaiwan and Armidale Local Aboriginal Land Councils in joint partnership with NPWS on behalf of the registered Aboriginal owners.