South western Sydneysiders celebrate launch of new community engagement program

Over 100 South Western Sydney residents celebrated the launch of Bush Mates, an exciting new community engagement program, at the Harrington Forest Frolic on Saturday, 7 November.

Bush Mates, run by the National Parks Association of NSW (NPA), is a program to raise awareness and educate South Western Sydney’s 300,000 new residents on how they can have a positive impact on their local environment.

If this is saving koalas, we might as well give up now

September is Save the Koala month. But NSW Environment Minister Mark Speakman seems determined to spin the government’s efforts to save koalas without doing anything meaningful says the National Parks Association of NSW (NPA).

On Friday 25th September, a media release from Mark Speakman’s office outlined the NSW government’s efforts to save our national icon by radio collaring 20 animals to track their movements in the southern highlands.

Rangers endangered! 

What do swift parrots, koalas and NPWS rangers have in common? They may all be extinct in NSW if the Baird government has anything to do with it.

Over the weekend a worrying piece of news was buried amongst the furore of two Grand Finals and a heatwave that sent millions to the beach: NSW environment agencies are to be hit with $20 million worth of cuts this year— on top of $60 million already slashed from environment since the change of government three years ago[1].

Three levels of government guilty of failing to protect koalas

It’s up to us now: with three levels of government failing to protect koalas, the community has to take a stand to ensure we don’t lose our national icon says the National Parks Association of NSW (NPA).

It’s a sad truth that the NSW and federal governments don’t seem to care about koala conservation. They are leaving the heavy lifting to cash-strapped community groups and non-governmental organisations.

Pilliga pillaged: Mark Speakman needs to come clean on ‘ecological thinning’ 

The reaction to The Greens David Shoebridge’s comments on timber harvesting in the Pilliga forest confirm what environment groups have long suspected: that the timber industry sees ‘ecological thinning’ as a lifeline says the National Parks Association of NSW.

Recent ABC media stories have highlighted the appalling destruction of the Pilliga forest, the largest inland forest left in NSW, as a result of overestimates of wood supply by Forestry Corporation.

Federal government raises the white flag for Australia’s threatened species

Pseudo zoos and tokenistic gestures seem to be the vision for Australia’s wildlife, says the National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) on the Commonwealth’s new Threatened Species Strategy.

The strategy was announced by Environment Minister Greg Hunt at Australia’s first Threatened Species summit, held in Melbourne last Thursday (16th July).