The National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) welcomes today’s announced adoption of the UN’s Global Biodiversity Framework and urges the NSW Government to get moving on creating new national parks.
James Sherwood and Danielle Ryan, NPA Conservation Campaigners
NPA NSW played a key role in organising the Koala Conference (29 October 2022) in Coffs Harbour last month, including organising two special side events for the community. On Friday 28 October, we hosted a meet and greet for local businesses and private landholders with politicians, and on Sunday 30 October, we hosted a Koala Family Picnic in the Botanical Gardens. These events featured in all the main local media platforms, taking up four pages of the local paper, including the front page.
Local Coffs Harbour families and businesses will come together this week to demonstrate their support for the Great Koala National Park, as the region hosts a koala conference (The Vanishing).
Local business owner Louis Riley said our community wants to ensure politicians take adequate steps to protect the much-loved koala, which is iconic to our region.
Danielle Ryan and James Sherwood, Conservation Campaigners
“They are rushing. They can see the end is coming,” says koala expert John Pile. He is referring to Forestry Corporation’s overzealous response to the recently renewed North Coast Wood Supply Agreement, which allows logging to continue for another five years.
The mood amongst local campaigners living in the proposed Great Koala National Park region is grim, as they watch Forestry Corporation slowly chip away at public forests known as core koala habitat.
Overall, there are 20 State Forests in the proposed area for The Great Koala National Park which have been designated for logging, as ‘proposed’, ‘planned’ or ‘active’. As of July 2022, Forestry Corporation are actively harvesting three State Forests in the area, Clouds Creek (Compartments 30, 31, 32, 33), Ellis (3, 4, 5, 6) and Thumb Creek (5,6) and have approval for four more Bagawa (1), Boambee (4,5,6,7), Collombati (9,10) and Conglomerate (23).
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.
The National Parks Association (NPA) welcomed yesterday’s announcement of major walking track upgrades through mid-north coast rainforests while questioning why the NSW Government has neglected to protect nearby public forests from logging.
‘We’re always supportive of environmentally sensitive works for nature-based tourism, but surely the first priority must be to protect all of the forests of the proposed Great Koala National Park’ asserted NPA campaigner Paula Flack.