On the campaign trail – Summer 2018

Alix Goodwin, CEO National Parks Association of NSW

Sydney Marine Park

On 16 August, the NSW Government released its draft plan to protect the Hawkesbury Shelf marine bioregion through the creation of a new marine park. The marine park, based on the Sydney Harbour National Park model, was to be made up of a network of 25 sites to be managed under three zones: sanctuary zones, new conservation zones and special purpose zones.

Government logging plans will snatch defeat from jaws of victory

Today’s revelations in the Sydney Morning Herald—detailing a nationwide study of 11,500 people that shows a strong majority of people oppose native forest logging—shows how out of touch the government is with the public on forest protection.

Government ignoring easy koala solutions

$20 million to buy koala habitat is welcome but doomed to fail in light of policy settings driving deforestation

Today’s announcement that $20 million will be allocated from the Environment Trust to purchase koala habitat from landholders is welcome, but an inefficient use of money and likely to fail because of accelerating deforestation says the National Parks Association of NSW (NPA).

Berejiklian must defend our national parks

Gladys Berejiklian must act swiftly to defeat a private members bill to downgrade the 41,000-hectare Murray Valley National Park (aka River Red Gums National Park) to a state forest and open it for logging when it is tabled in parliament. [1]

Nature a hostage to ideology

Media report shows that even modest efforts to protect nature are sacrificed at the altar of ideology.

The National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) is calling for urgent political efforts to reach bipartisanship on protecting nature for future generations after this morning’s revelations in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Koala colonies face wipe-out as government ignores its experts

Freedom of information documents show we’re facing a koala colony wipe-out unless the government implements the Great Koala National Park and other key reserves

The National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) is renewing calls for the NSW Government to create the Great Koala National Park after documents obtained under freedom of information show that it’s the most important public land in NSW for koalas.