Environmental mismanagement runs deeper than the ecological tragedy gripping the Murray-Darling Basin. Recent policy decisions around native forest logging in NSW follow the same pattern of ignoring science and favouring extractive industry over the public interest, writes Dr Oisín Sweeney
What’s going on?
There’s a lot of activity happening on the Coffs Coast around the Great Koala National Park! Right now, ads are running in cinemas in both Sawtell and Nambucca highlighting the benefits that the GKNP would bring to the local area in regards sustainable, nature-based tourism and benefits to small business. Local groups, including Nambucca Valley Conservation Association, the Bellingen Environment Centre and NPA’s revitalised Coffs Coast Branch are working hard to develop tourism and outdoor recreation offerings to make sure that a future GKNP will be not only a key conservation tool for koalas, but a world-class tourism destination that will provide a wealth of activities for locals and visitors alike.
Dr Geoff Mosley
Around Australia conservationists are increasingly aware that past gains in heritage protection are under siege. Unfortunately, in one important case, the move has gone past that stage and heritage protection has been removed.
Janine Kitson, NPA Member
In December 2018 unionists and environmentalists came together to celebrate Joyce Moffitt (1930-1999) and Vern Moffitt (1924-2001), past members of the NPA who were pivotal in establishing NPA’s Bathurst Branch.
Sam Garrett-Jones, Chair of Field Activities Committee
Bushwalking styles change: a current exhibition at the State Library of NSW features pioneers Myles Dunphy and Bert Gallop at Jenolan Caves in 1912 with their bulky swags … and rifles. A century on, what burdens do our bushwalking leaders carry, and how can we best support them?
Phil Gilmour, botanist
The Great Koala National Park (GKNP) proposal includes about 315,000 hectares of mainly forested coastal and foothills areas between Kempsey and Red Rock in north-east New South Wales.