Today’s approval by the Commonwealth Minister for Environment of the Snowy 2.0 project opens the way for an infrastructure white elephant that will decimate Kosciuszko National Park while driving up greenhouse gas emissions and energy prices.
The National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) warmly welcomes the NSW government’s purchase of over 150,000 ha of private land for a new national park in northwest NSW.
The National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) has questioned the Commonwealth Government’s ability to assess the environmental impact statement for the Snowy 2.0 Main Works in the wake of a damning report by the Auditor General on the administration of national environmental laws.
The NSW Government has today removed a significant threat to native forests and wildlife by suspending a project that would have removed environmental protections for thousands of hectares of old-growth forest.
“The resignation of the Chair of the NSW Fisheries Scientific Committee, Associate Professor Mark Lintermans, puts a spotlight on the NSW Government’s refusal to take scientific advice about the environmental disaster that will unfold as a result of Snowy 2.0” lamented Gary Dunnett, Executive Officer of the National Parks Association of NSW, and Andrew Cox, Chief Executive Officer of the Invasive Species Council.
Approval of Snowy 2.0 EIS sets appalling precedents, and all for an inferior project
“Today’s approval of the Snowy 2.0 construction project in Kosciuszko National Park marks a new low in the NSW Government’s refusal to protect threatened species and natural landscapes” stated Gary Dunnett, Executive Officer of the National Parks Association of NSW.