Film Review: Where the Water Starts

Luisa Bertoggi and Helen Wilson, Illawarra Branch

Illawarra Branch hosted the premiere theatrical screening of this important documentary about Australia’s high country. It gives a First Nations perspective on the Alps as ‘where the water starts’ and features Richard Swain, Indigenous ambassador for the Invasive Species Council. The enthusiastic audience asked Richard, Alison and the filmmakers a lot of questions and agreed the film needs to be seen by all Australians. Caring for the high country is crucial for addressing climate change and for managing our river systems. It’s no place for feral horses.

Geoff Hope Memorial Walk to Dunns’ Flat

Sam Garrett-Jones, Convenor, NPA Field Activities Committee

At the end of April NPA NSW members joined a memorial walk for the late Emeritus Professor Geoff Hope (Australian National University) to Dunn’s Flat, Kosciuszko NP. The walk organisers were Di Thompson and Linda Groom of NPA ACT and Reclaim Kosci.

Conservation update 

Gary Dunnett, Chief Executive Officer

The final months 2021 were anything but easy for parks and nature in NSW.  Far from a graceful glide into Christmas, NPA spent the summer busily contesting misplaced proposals to ‘develop’ parks and ill-considered changes to national park laws and policies. 

My introduction describes our spirited response to the National Parks and Wildlife Amendment Bill (2021), introduced into the NSW Parliament by a departing Environment Minister.  Other highlights of NPA’s conservation activities over this period include:

Conservation leaders urge Premier to protect Kosciuszko Nation Park from commercial over-development

Some of the state’s leading conservationists, ecologists and former national parks managers are “imploring” Premier Gladys Berejiklian to “set aside disastrous plans” to significantly increase commercial development of Kosciuszko National Park.

Kosciuszko National Park must be protected

An open letter to the NSW Premier – 20 August 2021

Dear Premier Berejiklian,

We, the undersigned, are dismayed by the unprecedented plans your Government has announced for Kosciuszko National Park.  

More than seventy-five years ago your parliamentary forebears legislated to protect the mountain landscapes, alpine habitats and headwaters of the Murray, Murrumbidgee and Snowy rivers as Kosciuszko National Park.  It was a truly precious gift to future generations.