After a summer of fire, floods and storms we are now dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. The NPA is working to help protect and support our members through this time. Below you will find current guidance and new rules managing the NPA bushwalking program. These are dynamic and will be updated as the pandemic progresses and as government advice changes.
Catastrophic bushfires have raged across NSW burning millions of hectares and causing loss of life and widespread damage to communities, homes, properties and wildlife. This article addresses some of the common questions that our members and the public may have about bushfires.
Dunbogan Bushcare coordinator and NPA member Sue Baker is appealing to residents across the North Coast to help our wildlife through the drought.
‘Everything from insects to large mammals is being affected. Doing it really tough are species that feed on nectar, fruit and seeds (birds, possums, gliders, bats) due to the failure of many trees and shrubs to flower; tree death and now bushfire,’ she said. ‘Bats are even feeding in the daytime and birds species turning up in areas they’re rarely seen in.
In response to questions in Budget Estimates concerning the Murray Valley National Park, the NSW Environment Minister, Gabrielle Upton, reiterated her Government’s opposition to commercial logging in national parks. This aligned with recent quotes in the Sydney Morning Herald where she said there were ‘no plans’ to degazette the Murray Valley National Park.