National Parks and Nature’s Gifts 

Bruce Gall is a former Director of the Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Service & Dr Graeme L. Worboys AM, is a former Honorary Associate Professor, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University

This article is the second in an 8-part series discussing our nature’s gifts.

National parks and other protected areas secure many of our nature’s gifts, though this was not the primary intention of our first parks.

Thanks to its pre-federation colonies, Australia was a world leader in the establishment of national parks. Following America’s creation of Yellowstone in 1872, a further 14 national parks were established globally to 1900, of which six were by colonial governments: NSW (2), South Australia (1), Victoria (2) and Western Australia (1). The balance of these historic declarations was by Canada (3), New Zealand (2) and the USA (3).

The intergenerational effort to secure a future for the iconic Wollemi Pine

Berin Mackenzie, Scientist (Ecosystems and Threatened Species), NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE)

Nearly two decades in the making, the translocation of Wollemi Pine into Wollemi National Park has been a massive and highly successful interagency effort exemplifying the power of collaboration.

New Western Project

Ross McDonnell, NPA Treasurer

The NPA State Council recently approved an exciting new project which will enhance the NPA’s advocacy role for increasing conservation measures in central and western NSW.

The project was established through the NPA Landscape Conservation Forum (formerly the reserves committee) and relates to the NPA Strategic Plan priority to ‘implement a protected area plan for the precious bioregions and waterways west of the Great Divide’.

Book Review: The Winter Road

Author: Kate Holden.

Publisher: Black Inc. 2021

Review by Helen Wilson and NPA Book Group

The focus of this book is the murder of environmental compliance officer Glen Turner by farmer Ian Turnbull at Croppa Creek near Moree in July 2014. Holden’s purpose is not just to relate this horrifying event, its background and aftermath, but to use it to invoke wider questions about European systems of land ownership, valuing and managing the land, Aboriginal massacres, profit-driven agriculture, the effects of increasing extremities of heat and drought on the Australian landscape and our environmental laws.