The State Council of the National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) has endorsed the ‘Yes’ campaign for The Voice referendum on 14th October 2023.
State Council is the governing body of NPA and is composed of delegates from geographically based branches across NSW and from specialist committees. It expressed support for The Voice at its first meeting (Saturday 16th September 2023) since the date for the referendum was announced
There was unanimous support for the ‘Yes’ campaign from delegates.
‘NPA Branches and members have over many years worked closely with traditional owners and Indigenous Australian organisations dedicated to caring for country. These groups have strived with us to preserve natural areas and to ensure that they are managed in the best way possible’, said Dr Grahame Douglas, NPA president
‘Support for the referendum question is important because it recognises and respects the continuing culture of Indigenous Australians. It also provides a way for the knowledge gained over tens of thousands of years to be shared and integrated with western knowledge and scientific inquiry.’
‘The knowledge of Indigenous Australians about the ecology of Australia and the care and management of Country is central to preserving our much-loved landscapes. The Voice provides a way of ensuring that the people who hold that knowledge can prosper and contribute beyond what they have already generously given to solving the critical environmental problems that Australia faces’, concluded Dr Douglas.
Media Contact: NPA CEO, Gary Dunnett. NPA President, Dr Grahame Douglas 02 9299 0000