The National Parks Association of NSW condemned yesterday’s confirmation of the NSW Government’s plans to damage the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.
Taylor Clarke, Gundungurra
My name is Taylor Clarke. I am a proud Gundungurra woman, my people are the Bidjiwong people of Burragorang Valley. We are the custodians of lands spanning approximately 11,000 kilometres, bordering Tharawal, Darug, Wiradjuri and Ngunawal nations. Much of our Country is now within what is known as the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area (GBMWHA), and Sydney’s Water Catchment around Warragamba Dam.
Alix Goodwin, CEO National Parks Association of NSW
Sydney Marine Park
On 16 August, the NSW Government released its draft plan to protect the Hawkesbury Shelf marine bioregion through the creation of a new marine park. The marine park, based on the Sydney Harbour National Park model, was to be made up of a network of 25 sites to be managed under three zones: sanctuary zones, new conservation zones and special purpose zones.
Snowy Hydro 2.0
The human impact on Kosciuszko National Park (KNP) also continues unabated, with the Federal and NSW Coalition Governments committing to the construction of Snowy Hydro 2.0. While supporting renewable energy like pumped hydro in principle, NPA opposes the development of this type of infrastructure within national parks. In early March, the NSW Planning Minister declared Snowy Hydro 2.0 Critical State Significant Infrastructure, with a Legislative Council Inquiry into the order being held in May. NPA made a submission to the inquiry and appeared as an expert witness. NPA is also preparing a submission in response to the recently released Environmental Impact Statement for Snowy Hydro 2.0 Exploratory Works.
An existential threat to NSW National Parks
David Hufton Member, National Parks Association of NSW and Committe Member, Colong Foundation
The NSW Government has decided to raise Warragamba Dam 14 metres for flood mitigation in the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley at a cost of over $700 million. The EIS and final ministerial sign-off is due later this year, and we urgently need your help to stop it from happening.