Reckless plans for Kosciuszko National Park must be stopped

The National Parks Association of NSW and the Nature Conservation Council have launched a campaign to stop a massive intensification of commercial development within Kosciuszko National Park. 

The NSW Government is proposing to increase the cap on resort beds by more than 40% (up from 10,915 to 15,360), build new and expanded carparks, allow helicopter flights onto the ski fields, and open walking tracks to four-wheel drive vehicles.   

Kosciuszko National Park – it’s not a tip

Documents tabled in the NSW Legislative Council reveal that the NSW Government will only receive $1.65 million from Snowy Hydro Ltd for the dumping of 14 million cubic metres of spoil in Kosciuszko National Park. 

“Not only is disposing of tunnelling spoil in a national park reprehensible, we now know that the NSW Government will receive barely 1/1000th of commercial waste disposal rates” stated Gary Dunnett, Executive Officer of the National Parks Association of NSW (NPA). 

Australia commits to increase the National Reserve System to combat biodiversity crisis

National Parks Association of NSW president, Dr Grahame Douglas, has welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement that he will protect Australia’s biodiversity by conserving at least 30% of our nation’s land and seas. 

Dr Douglas stated, “Setting a new target of 30% for protection in our National Reserve System is a practical response to the desperate challenges facing Australia’s biodiversity and natural landscapes.

New national park in western NSW welcome

National Parks Association of NSW president, Dr Grahame Douglas has welcomed Environment Minister Matt Kean’s announcement of a new national park near Broken Hill.  

Dr Douglas stated, ‘Western NSW has long been recognised as the big gap in the NSW reserve system. 

Protections for Kosciuszko National Park stripped away for Snowy 2.0

The National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) has expressed outrage that the NSW Government plans to overturn the Plan of Management for Kosciuszko National Park.  A newly exhibited amendment to the Plan of Management exempts Snowy 2.0 from the legal requirement that new electricity transmission circuits must be placed underground rather than on environmentally damaging overhead towers1.

The Snowy 2.0 electricity connection must go underground

Twenty four organisations and fifty expert engineers, scientists, environmentalists, academics and economists, are calling on Planning Minister Rob Stokes and Environment Minister Matt Kean to avoid further damage to Kosciuszko National Park by putting the electricity transmission connection for Snowy 2.0 underground.