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 what appears to be a pragmatic response to community pressure, the Sydney Morning Herald on Wednesday reported that the NSW Government has not committed to stage 4 of the F6 motorway which would have resulted in 60 ha of Royal National Park being bulldozed.
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.
Bob Crombie, First National Park, October 2014
When people ask, “Which, of all the world’s national parks, was the first national park?” the obvious approach is to compare dates of establishment. Let’s look at four famous names: Yosemite 1864, Yellowstone 1872, Mackinac 1875, and Royal National Park, 1879. In each, the term ‘national park’ was used to mean a number of different things.
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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.
In today’s Sydney Morning Herald (F6 Extension to mean bulldozing 460 homes or cutting through the National Park – Wednesday June 14th 2017) Peter Martin reveals that “the NSW government is considering acquiring 60 hectares of the Royal National Park for the proposed F6 Extension between Sydney and the Illawarra.”