Sue Baker, Bush Regeneration Project Officer, Mid North Coast Branch
Mid North Coast Branch is in its 39th year of bitou bush eradication and bush regeneration in the iconic coastal Crowdy Bay National Park. A severe bush fire ripped through the southern part of the park in 2013. This resulted in a mass germination of bitou seedlings. Not only did this undo years of hard work and financial investment but other fully-restored areas were under threat of reinvasion. The scale of the problem was beyond the capacity of our volunteers and NPWS to deal with. What on earth were we to do?
Gabrielle Taysom, National Parks Association of NSW Far South Coast Branch
The Far South Coast Branch of the National Parks Association was established around 1997, most of the Branch’s original members having been involved in the 12 year campaign to secure the South East Forests National Park. With the Park’s gazettal, it was now considered timely to become part of a wider organisation lobbying on conservation issues and park management.
Pat Schultz, NPA Armidale Branch
I have been leading tag a long tours of Pilliga and Leard Forests for the last 4 years. The tours began when my Armidale NPA group visited the Pilliga Forest. We saw the damage caused by twenty-two ‘produced water’ spills and cleared well pads. Produced water is a salty water contaminated with lead, aluminium, arsenic, barium, boron, nickel and uranium and more, brought up from 800 -1000 meters from beneath the Pilliga sandstone.
Graham Burgess, Illawarra Branch President, National Parks Association of NSW
NPA Illawarra has a rich history dating back around 37 years. In 2010 there was a turning point as most of the long-standing and hardworking branch executive decided to call it a day and hand over to some fresh faces. Over the last seven years or so the new executive has focused its efforts on being part of the community conversation about protecting nature in our region. Most of our work relates to the impact of urban development on the Illawarra Escarpment and other bushland on our quite narrow coastal stip. With this focus our involvement on Wollongong Council’s community reference groups is an important feature and we have positions on two of these groups.
In today’s Sydney Morning Herald (F6 Extension to mean bulldozing 460 homes or cutting through the National Park – Wednesday June 14th 2017) Peter Martin reveals that “the NSW government is considering acquiring 60 hectares of the Royal National Park for the proposed F6 Extension between Sydney and the Illawarra.”
Sydney is the envy of millions of urban dwellers around the world who can only dream of living in a city with such spectacular natural beauty. The National Parks fringing the city—Ku-ring-gai, Blue Mountains and Royal—are an integral part of Sydney’s beauty and attractiveness, and a vital haven for Sydneysiders to escape the hustle and bustle of urban life.