Media Release: Rivers Running Foul in Royal National Park 

Conservation groups are calling on Environment and Heritage Minister James Griffin to take immediate action to stop repeated pollution incidents in Royal National Park. 

National Parks Association (NPA) CEO Gary Dunnett said ‘the Hacking River, the water that runs through the heart of Royal National Park, has been impacted by yet another spill of coal waste.  Last week we inspected Red Cedar Flat, about a kilometre downstream of where waste from Peabody’s Metropolitan Colliery reaches the Hacking River.  The sight was truly unbelievable, the river looked more like flowing tar than the crystal-clear water you’d expect in the deep rainforest of our first national park’.  

Dendrobium mine expansion abandonment gives a reset chance for the future of Sydney’s drinking water catchments

The National Parks Association of NSW has welcomed coal mining company South32’s abandonment of their proposed expansion of the Dendrobium mine under Sydney’s drinking water catchment. We now call on Environment Minister to take this opportunity for a major reset on the future of Sydney’s drinking water catchments.  

Claimed goal of protecting 30% of Australia’s ocean has not been met

National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) fully supports a letter by a group of 23 prominent marine scientists who are concerned that the government is using ‘paper parks’, or partially protected areas, to claim they have reached the goal of 30% marine protection. 

Gamay Rangers legal authority in Kamay Botany Bay National Park welcomed

National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) warmly welcomes the NSW Government’s decision to grant legal authority to the Aboriginal ranger organisation, Gamay Rangers, in Kamay Botany Bay National Park and Towra Point Reserve.

More parks the solution to dire environmental situation

The National Parks Association of NSW welcomes Commonwealth Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek’s commitment to protect a third of Australia’s land and the seas by 2030.

“Today’s release of the National State of the Environment Report confirms the dire condition of our natural landscapes, biodiversity and climate,” stated NPA President Dr Grahame Douglas.

Out of control Forestry Corporation caught destroying more Koala habitat

The NSW Forestry Corporation has yet again been prosecuted for destroying public native forests.  The latest prosecution is for illegal activity in the heart of one of the world’s great forests, the proposed Great Koala National Park.

“Any confidence in Forestry Corporation’s planning and governance lies in tatters after yet another breach,” said National Parks Association CEO Gary Dunnett.