Freedom of information documents reveal damning assessment of Berejiklian government’s proposed new logging laws
As the NSW and federal governments are poised to sign off on 20-year extensions to controversial Regional Forest Agreements, documents acquired by the North East Forest Alliance under freedom of information show deep concerns within the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) about the impact of new logging laws on protected old-growth, rainforest and koalas.
Bill Johnson, River Ecologist and former Water Manager with the Murray Darling Basin Commission
For a few years in the 1990’s the NSW water agency had on display, in the foyer of its offices in Parramatta, a statue celebrating tampering with irrigation meters and, by association, water theft. Sculpted by the Department’s creative souls in Moree, this two metre high artwork was exhibited in Head Office. It was the agency’s celebration of the larrikin irrigator, his irreverence and defiance of authority, even while that agency was the authority being defied.
Brian Everingham, President Southern Sydney Branch
When Paul Barnes passed away in early 2015 we were given a glimpse of the record keeping of this extraordinary stalwart of the National Parks Association.
Paul Barnes kept such hand written notes, in his meticulous long hand, for every meeting, for every encounter, when he was on official duty in the name of his beloved National Parks Association. Each set of notes was carefully stapled in the top left hand corner and each set carried that famous monogram, PHB.
Peter Morgan, NPA Clarence Valley Branch
Yuraygir National Park has recently had a significant addition of 1,368 ha in the Clarence Peak area, including the east-west flowing Oak Flat Creek.
The addition links an isolated 108 ha section of the national park to the main body, providing long-term benefits as a corridor, and permanent protection for a relatively undisturbed environment.
Margot Law, NPA Citizen Science Officer
“Who’s living on my land?” is a National Parks Association of NSW citizen science project designed to help regional private landholders discover what species are on their property. NPA was funded by South East Local Land Services (SELLS) to run 20 “Who’s living on my land?” workshops across their region to train 300 private landholders in camera trapping, collaborating with local environmental projects and landcare groups.
On 3 November, NPA’s State Council held its Annual Meeting. A new Executive Committee was elected, and nee State Councillors were co-opted. The Annual General Meeting was held on the same day. The Annual Report was presented and a new Executive Committee elected. Thanks were given to outgoing Executive members Brian Everingham and Tom Fink.