NPA Book Club Review Bruce Pascoe: Dark Emu

Review by Meron Wilson and Anne Dickson

Our land is not something to be tamed, made efficient and converted to a European concept of farmland, but something to be understood and nurtured. The emerging effects of a changing climate challenge us to rethink where and how we produce our food. Indigenous author Bruce Pascoe, in his book Dark Emu, gives us some insight into what Australia was once like, and what we can learn from the economy, culture and agricultural methods of Indigenous Australians.

A revolution in agriculture improves prospects for conservation

David Teather, Emeritus Professor and long-standing NPA member

It’s not surprising that attention on nature conservation in Australia is focused on the 8% of the total land area of the country that is reserved for conservation purposes. But what about the much larger proportion, 54% of the total, that is used for livestock grazing? Smaller proportions are used for other forms of agriculture (4%), and forestry (2%).

The Coalition announces its vision for agriculture in NSW – native vegetation gets the chop!  (Park Protection News)

The National Parks Association of NSW is disappointed with the Coalition partners’ decision to repeal the Native Vegetation Act.

“The Liberal/Nationals government has missed the point entirely about looking after the interests of our farming community and wildlife,” NPA CEO Kevin Evans said.