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Old links removed from the front page
24 January 2001 (kept for historical interest)

South Coast Forests (Superseded by events)

Minister for the Environment
Replies to Aboriginal Ownership
Discussion (A previous minister)

New Parks Announced (1998)

Review of Sydney Water's waste
water strategy: preview of our report (1997)

Managing The Future - Nature, Parks &
People - this vital topic was addressed in
our year 2000 lecture series



Bushwalking Open Day


National Parks Association of NSW is holding a free open day in Royal National Park on Sunday 26 November 2000 to allow people to sample its bushwalking program - the largest in NSW.

"This will be the first time the general public has the opportunity to see first-hand what an NPA walk is all about", said Karen Petley, NPA Open Day coordinator.

"The day will begin with a short easy walk down the Honeymoon Track, followed by a bush BBQ. For those who would like to take a longer walk, there will be the opportunity to explore further into the Park. After the walk, just laze the hours away on the grassy flats of the Hacking River, or hire a rowing boat."

The NPA is an environment group established in 1957, with a primary aim of ensuring NSW has an adequate system of well managed national parks.

NPA's walks and activities program has been an integral part of the Association since its founding. Every weekend there is a huge selection of day and overnight bushwalks in the Sydney region and further afield. Bushwalks are also offered on 2-3 days during the week. Further participation in the walks program is free for NPA members.

Ms Petley continued, "The Open Day allows non-members to see what the program has to offer, to meet walks leaders, and have a feed and a chat in scenic bush surrounds. Free prizes will be drawn on the day."

"It is also an Active Australia Day event, encouraging people to join in bushwalking and other sport and recreation activities. So get some fresh air and use those legs in Royal National Park, the second oldest national park in the world!"

For more details: Karen Petley on 9299 0000 or



  • Take a train to Loftus Station, on the Eastern Suburbs Blue Line 35 mins from Central, one stop after Sutherland.

  • By car, enter the Royal National Park via the Farnell Ave entrance, off the Princess Highway at Loftus.

TIME: Four walks start at 10:30 am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30 pm


  • Catch a tram or walk to Royal National Park Visitor Centre

  • Walk to The Pavillion and Iron Bark Flat, Audley for a bush BBQ

  • Select a further walk or stay by the Hacking River

  • Return walk/tram to Loftus Station

BRING: Hat, water, rainjacket

a benefit gig for the wilderness society's forest campaign

at the Harbourside Brasserie - on Thursday, February 4th, 1999 at 8pm

featuring meta bass 'n' breath ju ju space jazz dana diaz-tutaan budspells feat. mc kye dj crucial d trace element

admission $12/$10 concession

campaign to save the powerful owl from extinction and protect NSW forests.

The recently passed Forestry Legislation may well cause the extinction in NSW of the powerful owl and many other species, reducing by up to 2/3 the habitat they need to survive.

The Labor state government won the 1995 election on the strength of green support. Carr promised to end export woodchipping by year 2000, but instead has entrenched and increased woodchipping for at least the next 20 years.

This supposed 'Green government' has decided to pander to One Nation voters and the powerful CFMEU by appearing to be big on jobs and tough on greenies.

The government's Forestry and National Parks Estate bill is so conservative that the Liberal opposition leader complained that Labor had stolen their forest policies, and supported the legislation in parliament.

But the biggest joke of all is that it is the timber industry itself that is responsible for the loss of jobs for loggers. In the 27 years since woodchipping was introduced, the industry has overcut and mismanaged our forest resources - selling off priceless ancient old growth forests to overseas companies at a ridiculously low price, but at a high cost to our native wildlife.

Like many large corporations, Boral, Daishowa and North Ltd have mechanised and 'rationalised' their workers out of jobs, then blamed these job losses on conservationists.

The Wilderness Society is holding this event to raise money for our campaign to save the forests. We want to spread the message about what is happening in our forests and raise people's awareness about environmental issues in general - as well as giving them a chance to groove to some of Sydney's most exciting bands and djs doing their thang for the forests!

For more information please call Daria at The Wilderness Society on 9552 2355 / or fax 9552 1077.

The Future of Wetlands Conservation: the Ramsar Convention in Australia. A discussion of crucial issues for wetlands conservation in Australia emerging from the global freshwater crisis. Keynote speaker: Dr Bill Phillips, Deputy-Director General, Ramsar Bureau. (Convention on Wetlands.) Dr Phillips, an Australian, is one of the most senior figures in international wetlands conservation. Other speakers include: Jamie Pittock, WWF and Dr Richard Kingsford, NPWS Light refreshments provided. Monday 7th December 1998, 6.00 pm – 8.30 pm. Annie Wyatt Room, National Trust Building, Upper Fort St, Observatory Hill, Sydney. Enquiries: Jamie Pittock, WWF ph: 9299 6366 or Cath Webb, NPA ph: 9233 4660 . To gat advance notice of activities such as this, please watch this site, or better still, JOIN NPA NOW!

Most of the October National Parks Journal is now available on the web. To get a full paper copy to read at leisure, please subscribe! There are some good pictures of the South Coast Forests.

Subject: Sydney Open
Date: Thu, 01 Oct 1998 14:34:29 +1000
From:"Simon Nicholas" <>

Please see attached for your information

Simon Nicholas
Lyndhurst, Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales
61 Darghan Street, GLEBE NSW 2037
Phone: + 61 2 9692 8366, Fax: + 61 2 9660 1426

I would like to extend an invitation to all friends of NPA to attend the following film :
Regards, Noel Plumb

The Battle for Sydney Harbour

A 70 minute film on fight to save Sydney foreshore land.
Defence Lands on Sydney Harbour
The Balmoral Bathers Pavilion
The Willoughby Foreshore Building Line Controversy
Quarantine Station of North Head
Athol Hall in Ashton Park
Bushland Regeneration

Produced by The Nature Conservation Council of NSW
Directed by Frank Heimans
inviting you to attend the launch of its new documentary film
To be launched by Tom Uren at the Cremorne Orpheum Cinema
380 Military Rd Cremorne Junction
at 9:15 am Sunday 27 September, 1998
Enquires: Phone: 02- 9953 8071

So the date has passed, but the issues have not! There are some pictures of Sugarloaf Bay, one of the affected areas here.

In an outrageous attempt to raise money and have some fun too, the Environment Liaison Officer has organised a combined Quiz night and anti-celebrity event ( starring Godfrey Bigot and sundry greenies) on Thursday evening 13 August at Balmain Town Hall.

The brawl starts at 7.30 pm and tickets are $15 each (concession $10).

Anticipating that at least half our current executive will come, and a friend or two, I have booked two tables (16 seats) for NPA. If you don't come, the shortfall will be deducted from your pet project or committee - you have been warned! Ignore this, all NPA members and friends are invited to join the NPA tables, we will get more if need them.

Please e-mail, fax or phone Kristi with your immediate commitment and credit card details or gold bar. (Ph: (02) 9233 4660 Fax: (02) 9233 4880,

SO, once again for those a little reluctant to lift their heads from doom and gloom


I would also like to remind all that the inaugural Milo Dunphy Memorial Lecture will be held at Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Head Office, 700 Harris Street Ultimo at 6.30-9.00 pm on Tuesday 18 August. Bob Carr will open and that well known future eater Tim Flannery will deliver the lecture.

Tickets are $20 per head and all enquires to TEC on 9247 4714. See you there!



How the west should be won: Lecture series on the flora and fauna of Western NSW: Here is the programme - Visitors are welcome.

Volunteers Picnic - Friday 12th December 1997 - lunch in the park.
Thanks to all who helped, the web people who came enjoyed the food and drink! If you would like to be a volunteer in the office please phone or e-mail for details. Click here for a picture!

Celebrate Xmas & NPA's 40th
Shark Island (Sydney Harbour NP)
Sunday 23 November 1997, 11.15 am to 3.30 pm
(includes ferry from Circular Quay)
There will be Christmas cake for all!
Bring your own picnic lunch & drinks (no water on Island)
Take this opportunity to meet politicians, NPWS staff & NPA friends.

All Branches and friends welcome. Come along and make it a very special occasion.
Organised by Sydney Branch

And a good time was had by all !

The Annual Meeting of the National Parks Association of NSW Inc. will be held at noon on Saturday August 2 at the Jenkins Hall, Lane Cove National Park. The business of the annual meeting is to receive the annual accounts for 1996/97. While the meeting itself is a necessary formality, it will be held during a break in a meeting of State Council just before lunch. The hall is just off Lady Game Drive near Fullers Bridge, members without car passes should advise the guard that they are attending our meeting in the hall and they may be allowed free parking, space permitting. All members are welcome to attend, bring a plate and join your NPA councillors for lunch. The hall is close to the weir, the mini-zoo, playground etc. so bring the the family too.

Reduced graphics home page. After a complaint from a SPARC workstation user that the NPA home page is hard to read we are trying an experimental reduced graphics page. It can be reached by clicking Quickpage on the normal home page. Please tell us what you think.

Web space needed. We need more storage space for this site. This will let us keep more news and pictures from the National Parks Journal available to Internet users. If there are any of our members who subscribe to a reputable Internet service provider (like OzEmail, Speednet etc.) and who don't use the web space those ISP's provide free to their subscribers then we would like to talk about how this space could be put to good use for the NPA.
Thanks, Tim for being first to come forward.

SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK: Ecological Research for Management in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Dear Friend,

NPANSW recently had the opportunity to sponsor a special guest lecture by visiting African ecologist Emmanuel Gereta M.Sc.

Mr Gereta, the chief ecologist for Serengeti National Park, spoke about his ecological work and its application in management of this renowned area. He is on his way back to Africa after a short study tour in Queensland and the Northern Territory, and would like to make contact with people who share an interest in this field of work.

He is keen to establish contact with people who might be interested in supporting/participating in work in Tanzanian National Parks. He has recently been collaborating with Dr Eric Wolanski on studies of wildebeest migration and interactions with water quality. Dr Wolanski indicates that Tanzania is one of few countries in Africa still with a strong national park interest and that this needs help from outside to foster research and knowledge for the benefit of the Tanzanian Park System.

For further inquiries contact NPA NSW Office Phone: 02 9233 4660 fax: 02 9233 4880 email:

Anne Reeves - President National Parks Association of NSW. (14/5/97)

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