David Teather, Emeritus Professor and long-standing NPA member
It’s not surprising that attention on nature conservation in Australia is focused on the 8% of the total land area of the country that is reserved for conservation purposes. But what about the much larger proportion, 54% of the total, that is used for livestock grazing? Smaller proportions are used for other forms of agriculture (4%), and forestry (2%).
Ashley Love , NPA Coffs Harbour Branch and Dailan Pugh OAM, North East Forest Alliance
The Federal Court of Australia made a consent determination in 2007 recognising the Githabul People’s Native Title rights and interests over 1,120 km2, in 9 National Parks and 13 State Forests, in the headwaters of the Richmond and Clarence Rivers in north-east NSW.
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.
Today’s revelations in the Sydney Morning Herald—detailing a nationwide study of 11,500 people that shows a strong majority of people oppose native forest logging—shows how out of touch the government is with the public on forest protection.
$20 million to buy koala habitat is welcome but doomed to fail in light of policy settings driving deforestation
Today’s announcement that $20 million will be allocated from the Environment Trust to purchase koala habitat from landholders is welcome, but an inefficient use of money and likely to fail because of accelerating deforestation says the National Parks Association of NSW (NPA).
Gladys Berejiklian must act swiftly to defeat a private members bill to downgrade the 41,000-hectare Murray Valley National Park (aka River Red Gums National Park) to a state forest and open it for logging when it is tabled in parliament.