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’.