The National Parks Association of NSW condemned yesterday’s confirmation of the NSW Government’s plans to damage the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.
The National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) welcomes Environment Minister Matt Kean’s pledge to stop the loss of threatened species in NSW national parks and reserves.
However, NPA is calling on Minister Kean to be true to his word and protect the multitude of threatened species in Kosciuszko National park, being pushed to extinction by unsustainable development and poor management policies.
Some of the state’s leading conservationists, ecologists and former national parks managers are “imploring” Premier Gladys Berejiklian to “set aside disastrous plans” to significantly increase commercial development of Kosciuszko National Park.
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.
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).
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.