Cole Neder, Intern, National Parks Association of NSW
While New South Wales battles with vested political interest in native forest logging in Australia, the State of Utah’s protected public lands are the centrepiece of a similar disagreement in the United States.
Native to the east coast of Australia, from Gladstone to Melbourne, Australia’s largest bat is also known as the Fruit Bat. As this name suggests fruit is an important component of its diet.
BOOK REVIEW BY: MAJELLA BRANSON (AGED 9)
The book starts when kids Pete, Fee and Ozzie are taken to live on their Grandmother’s farm in Frogsville. Due to the fact that the local school doesn’t work out, mischief is their daily routine. With a big problem on the farm the kids form the Pobblebonk Earth Detective Club!! Great informative adventures ensue.
This is a really great book I will read again and again, there are amazing illustrations, it’s simply a beautiful book with a great storyline that kids like me will enjoy.
Two exceptional women who loved Nature
Janine Kitson, Member of the National Parks Association of NSW
Based on the NPA course presented to the WEA, Sydney on 15 October, 2016
With special thanks to Anne McLeod, author of The Summit of Her Ambition, The spirited life of Marie Byles 2016
US writer, Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring is claimed to have heralded in the modern environment movement. Australia’s Marie Byles is recognised as NSW’s first practicing woman solicitor as well as a leading woman bushwalker, mountain climber and conservationist. This NPA/WEA, Sydney course compared these two outstanding conservationists – an American and an Australian – and explored how these two indomitable and fearless women contributed so much to the development of the modern environment movement.
Social media power leads Illawarra Branch and Bushwalk the ‘Gong to decide to work together to launch a Walk of the Month program in the Illawarra.
For a few years, the NPA has been offering a Sydney based Walk of the Month program in conjunction with Wildwalks.com. The walks are advertised to the public through the internet and this magazine. Illawarra Branch have been keen to replicate this program in our region with the view to promoting bushwalking, enjoyment and knowledge of the Illawarra bushland.
The branch has been watching with interest the success of a new local initiative called Bushwalk the ‘Gong which was established in 2016 and has enjoyed good local media coverage. Recently an opportunity arose for us to join forces with Bushwalk the ‘Gong to offer a Walk of the Month style program in the Illawarra. We expect this will widen the participation and reach of the branch.
44 years of community education, walking and activism
Gary Schoer and Peter Vaughan, Executive Committee, Southern Sydney Branch
The Sutherland Sub Branch (of Sydney Branch) of the National Parks Association of NSW was established in 1972. Bob Spencer was the first Convenor. In 1973 Gary Schoer was encouraged by Bob to step into this role. On the 6th of August 1986 a meeting was held to elect office bearers and establish a full Southern Sydney Branch of NPA; 27 members attended the meeting at Gymea Community Centre.
After the 1986 election Bob Crombie, a ranger at Royal National Park, spoke on the issues threatening the Hacking River and Royal National Park, especially the proposed Helensburgh urban development. NPA joined with Total Environment Centre and local groups in fighting to prevent a major expansion of urban development in the catchment of Royal National Park. This success provided the momentum for the Branch to be a key group for advocating for “The Royal” and southern Sydney’s natural areas ever since.