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.  

Book Review: The Winter Road

Author: Kate Holden.

Publisher: Black Inc. 2021

Review by Helen Wilson and NPA Book Group

The focus of this book is the murder of environmental compliance officer Glen Turner by farmer Ian Turnbull at Croppa Creek near Moree in July 2014. Holden’s purpose is not just to relate this horrifying event, its background and aftermath, but to use it to invoke wider questions about European systems of land ownership, valuing and managing the land, Aboriginal massacres, profit-driven agriculture, the effects of increasing extremities of heat and drought on the Australian landscape and our environmental laws.