Minnamurra Rainforest: Rainforest Icon of the NSW South Coast

Kevin Mills, Member of National Parks Association of NSW

“The reserve is a botanist’s paradise with scores of trees with birds’ nest ferns, elks’ horns, ferns and orchids.” 
H. A. Grace, visitor to Minnamurra Falls in 1896.

The botanist certainly finds much of interest at Minnamurra and the most casual visitor cannot help but be enthralled by the diversity of plants, in form and in species, and the scenery of this enclosed valley.

Geoff Mosley: “Repaying my Debt – A Conservationist’s Tale”

Janine Kitson, Member of the National Parks Association of NSW

Based on the NPA course presented to the WEA, Sydney on 4 March, 2017.With special thanks to Colong Foundation for Wilderness.

On March 23rd, 2017, Envirobook, in association with the Colong Foundation for Wilderness, held a book launch for Dr Geoff Mosley’s memoir, Repaying my Debt – A Conservationist’s Tale. Following the launch, Geoff was awarded the first Colong Foundation’s Honorary Life Member.  ABC Radio National’s BIG IDEAS recorded a special hour long conversation with Geoff Mosley and ABC’s Gregg Borschmann.  This interview will be aired later in 2017.

The big blue: Coalition Party infighting is failing our marine environment

Kevin Evans, CEO, NPA

This article first appeared on the Independent Australia website on 6 April 2017.

Sydney’s blue backyard is central to our way of life, reputation and economy, yet less than 1% of the harbour city’s coastal waters are protected. The NSW government has dragged the anchor on meaningful marine protection in NSW for 6 years, ignoring evidence and stalling their own reform process initiated three Premiers ago in 2010. Key stakeholders fatigued by years of consultation, with no substantive progress to show for it, fear there is little true commitment from this government to strengthen marine protection.

Environmental Performance Report Card

The Environmental Liaison Office (ELO) provides a link to NSW Parliament for hundreds of community groups across NSW. It aims to ensure that the shared concerns and priorities of environment groups are communicated consistently to Government, and provides a mechanism for the views of Government to be communicated to and considered by NSW environment groups.

Message from the CEO

Kevin Evans, Chief Executive Officer, National Parks Association of NSW

This will be my final edition of Nature NSW as I have decided to step down after 7 years as CEO. My partner and I recently purchased a rural property at Gleniffer in the idyllic Bellinger Valley and we are looking forward to spending more time there to restore the conservation values of our land and work with the progressive community there.

Royal & Yellowstone — The World’s First National Parks

Janine Kitson, Member of the National Parks Association of NSW

Based on the NPA course presented to the WEA, Sydney on 4 March, 2017. With special thanks to Robert Crombie, Sutherland Shire Environment Centre.

In 1879 NSW led the world by establishing Royal National Park – then known as ‘The National Park’. This was Australia’s first official national park and one of the first national parks in the world. The first national park in the world was Yellowstone, created in 1872. Sydney’s National Park was renamed ‘Royal National Park’ in 1955 in honour of Queen Elizabeth II’s 1954 Australian tour.