Eight NSW environment groups have written to Premier Berejiklian today urging her to intervene to protect an area of Gladstone State Forest, near Bellingen, vital to the protection of koalas in NSW.
Should we create national parks to protect koalas from logging and land clearing?
According to a recent poll in the NSW seats of Lismore and Ballina the answer is a resounding YES with 68.3% of participants in Lismore and 71.9% in Ballina in favour.
Oisín Sweeney, Senior Ecologist, National Parks Association of NSW
This article first appeared on John Menadue – Pearls and Irritations website on 25 September 2017.
This article follows on from Ross McDonnell’s article on the Murray Valley National Parks in issue 61 (3) Spring 2017
$1 BILLION dam project to flood Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area
Keith Muir, Director, Colong Foundation for Wilderness
There is a very good reason that large dams have not been built in NSW for the last 30 years. Dams, by their very nature, have devastating impacts on the natural environment. Inundation of protected areas, water starvation of downstream ecosystems and cold-water pollution of waterways are just some of the many environmental impacts dams have.
None of our natural wonders appear to be safe from the “development” agenda of the NSW Government. The aim of the National Party to return the Murray Valley National Park, the largest area of continuous red gum forest in the world, to state forest for logging shows how far we have fallen in the protection of nature.