Gladys Berejiklian must act swiftly to defeat a private members bill to downgrade the 41,000-hectare Murray Valley National Park (aka River Red Gums National Park) to a state forest and open it for logging when it is tabled in parliament. 
Today’s report in The Australian (“NSW cabinet ministers clash over environment”) should be a cause of profound concern for anyone who cares about our natural heritage, says the National Parks Association of NSW (NPA).
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
In response to questions in Budget Estimates concerning the Murray Valley National Park, the NSW Environment Minister, Gabrielle Upton, reiterated her Government’s opposition to commercial logging in national parks. This aligned with recent quotes in the Sydney Morning Herald where she said there were ‘no plans’ to degazette the Murray Valley National Park.
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.
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Ross McDonnell, Former NSW NPWS Regional Manager and long term NPA Member
Many reserves have a myriad of management arrangements related to the protection of historical, cultural, recreational and natural values. While these arrangements generally impact in a positive way they can be complex to administer. One example of a complex set of arrangements is with the environmental water allocations (EWAs) for the Murray Valley National Park.