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
$1 BILLION dam project to flood Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area
Keith Muir, Director, Colong Foundation for Wilderness
There is a very good reason that large dams have not been built in NSW for the last 30 years. Dams, by their very nature, have devastating impacts on the natural environment. Inundation of protected areas, water starvation of downstream ecosystems and cold-water pollution of waterways are just some of the many environmental impacts dams have.
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.
The National Parks Association of NSW, welcomes the statement by Luke Foley (June 22nd 2017) that “Labor, the party that built the finest national park system in the world here in New South Wales, won’t have a bar of a toll road being carved through one of our state’s most popular, most visited national parks, a mecca for our citizens and for tourists, a refuge for hundreds of plant and animal species, and 300 species of birds.”
The National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) is calling for the NSW Environment Minister, Gabrielle Upton, to resign after the NSW Government’s budget surplus provided no new funding for the environment.
A public consultation paper on the future use/conservation of NSW’s Travelling Stock Reserves is on exhibition until 7 July 2017. The exhibition includes the consultation paper, with more information and on line map available at http://open.lls.nsw.gov.au/TSR-review