and Australian Chinese Community Association of NSW Inc.

PO Box A96, Sydney South NSW 1235 Ph: (02) 9233 4660 Fax: (02) 9233 4880

Media Release 19 March 1997 Embargo until 23 March 1997

Attention Conservation, Ethnic Affairs and Community Writers

What a Great Mix: Conservation + Ethnic Community + Senior Citizens

The National Parks Association of NSW and the Australian Chinese Community Association have got together to arrange an activity with a difference to celebrate Senior Citizens Week.

More than 100 older members of Sydney’s ethnic Chinese community will join NPA members in a nature walk on Sunday 23 March 1997 at Oatley Park on the banks of the Georges River to enjoy an introduction to Sydney’s unique bushland and its environmental values.

‘We are delighted that the National Parks Association is providing experienced guides who know about the bushland. They will help to widen appreciation and knowledge in our community of Australia’s natural environment", said Mr Johnny Or, spokesperson for the Australian Chinese Community Association. "It is a great follow on to the initiative by the NPA last year to start a program of bushwalks for people from non English speaking backgrounds."

Mr Richard Thompson of the NPA said, "NPA is looking forward to leading the nature walk in this beautiful bushland park. We will be explaining ideas such as the need that native animals have for big old forest trees, that native bush is important to prevent soil erosion and that bushland is critical to maintain water resources and water quality for city and country people."

For further information or arrangements for interviews/camera crews please contact:
Richard Thompson NPA Walk Leader 9414 8307 (w) or 9944 1392(h) or
Noel Plumb NPA Executive Officer 9233 4660 or 018 975 075 or
Johnny Or ACCA 9281 1377.

The Australian Chinese Community Association (ACCA) is the peak body representing the ethnic Chinese community in NSW. The National Parks Association is the largest non government nature conservation group in NSW and is also NSW’s largest bushwalking club.