NPANSW Scrapbook, second page. (newest entries are at the top - see here for latest.)
This volume covers September 1998 to December 2001, more or less. The current scrapbook is here.
Subject: ALERT - GOVERNMENT ATTEMPTS MAJOR DOWNGRADE OF NATIONAL PARK PROTECTION
Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2001 21:12:04 +1100
From: "Andrew Cox NPA" firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear National Park supporter, please read, act, and circulate!
National Parks to be Opened up to Inappropriate Development
The Carr Government is attempting to open up national parks to commercial development and downgrade the safeguards that protect the NSW national park system. Proposed is the most significant change to our national parks system in the 25 years since the National Parks and Wildlife Act was rewritten in 1974.
This will occur through the National Parks and Wildlife Amendment Bill 2001, presently before Parliament. The Bill may be passed into law before 7 December when Parliament is due to rise this year.
Major problems with the Bill are:
Expansion of leasing and licensing provisions: A commercial licence can be issued for up to 7 days in 'natural modified areas' for 'any purpose' and a commercial lease can be issued 'for any purpose' for the 'adaptive-reuse' of any existing building or structure in a national park. There will be few legal impediments to any type of commercial use dreamed up by developers for the exploitation of our national parks. The uses can be exclusive, alienating the public from use of the area.
Weakening of the role of the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council. The statewide-Advisory Council will no longer have a formal role in the preparation of national park plans of management. The oversight and accountability of the National Parks and Wildlife Service needs to be strengthened, not weakened, and environmental groups seek the establishment of an independent Board to replace the Advisory Council to achieve this.
Private inholdings can be granted upgraded access privileges Private property owners will be able to gain vehicle access across national parks where no or limited access exists. Their property prices will sky-rocket and new private roads will cross national parks.
Spot rezonings of Plans of Management for 'minor' changes without public consultation Changes to national park plans of management that permit small but inappropriate development can be easily made by the Minister for the Environment without the need to consult with the public.
Strengthen objectives Changes are needed to strengthen the Objects of the National Parks and Wildlife Act, the role and functions of the NPWS and the management principles of each of the reserve types such as national parks and nature reserves.
Wilderness and wild rivers Improvements are needed to ensure wilderness is not forgotten in the role of the NPWS and proposed wild rivers provisions are meaningful.
Lost opportunities For two years the Government has planned these changes. Yet missing are major recommendations arising from the Visions for the New Millennium Conference in 1998, improvements to the Aboriginal ownership provisions agreed between environmental groups and the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, and strengthened wilderness and wild rivers initiatives long-ago promised by the Government.
Kosciuszko under attack The new unrestrained licensing and leasing provisions, coupled with proposed changes to strip the NPWS of its planning and consent powers within all Kosciuszko resorts will see unbridled development in the subalpine resort areas.
YOUR ACTION IS NEEDED
We need lots of letters opposing those parts of the Bill that wind back the protection that the national parks system offers and supporting the strengthening of the national parks system and National Parks and Wildlife Act
NSW Premier, Bob Carr (fax 9281 1115, email email@example.com)
Environment Minister, Bob Debus (fax 9228 3935, email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Opposition Leader, Kerry Chikarovski (fax 9817 5885, email email@example.com)
at Parliament House, Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000
* unrestrained commercial leases and licences in national parks
* a weakened role for the Advisory Council
* upgraded access to private inholdings
* minor changes to plans of management without public exhibition
* strong objectives and purposes for NPWS and national parks, and all development constrained by these
* establishment of a NPWS Board with powers to oversee the NPWS and important issues such as its commercial licences and leases and plan of management finalisation
* implementation of lost opportunities such as Aboriginal ownership improvements, wilderness and wild rivers initiatives and the Visions recommendations
The National Parks Association of NSW and other environmental groups are working to gain Government or other Parliamentary support for a raft of changes to the Bill to turn-around this attempt by the Government to undo the century of efforts by conservationists to safeguard our national park system for all-time. Please help us lobby any NSW Parliamentarians you may know.
Remember this could all be over by 7 December!
For more information or suggestions, contact NPA below.
To see a copy of the Bill, go to http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au, and view the 'bills' section in the current session alphabetical list. The current National Parks and Wildlife Act can be found at www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/nsw/consol_act/npawa1974247
Pilliga Target of Community Biodiversity Survey (14 November 2001)
Last chance to save bushland!!
ST MARYS WOODLANDS
8000 HOMES OR A 1500 HECTARE REGIONAL PARK?
The 1538 hectare Australian Defence Industries (ADI) property at St Marys is a bushland oasis within western Sydney’s rapidly expanding suburbia. Its clay and alluvial soils support large areas of rare and endangered native vegetation which is very different in character from Sydney’s better known sandstone bushland and has been largely cleared for agriculture and housing elsewhere. Less than 10% of its original coverage remains. ADI St Marys is one of the region’s major habitats for native birds and animals and is large enough to maintain ecosystem integrity, resilience and viability.
See our latest flyer with a map and more of this story.
October 2001 National Parks Journal
Feral peril - threats to our wildlife - Log on to the western woodlands news - Western project - Building our reserves: Conservation in the corridors - Mining in reserves
It's not too late to save the Quarantine Station
Click here for information about the current EIS. (The EIS public comment phase will last until 19th November)
Divers, Marine Park users, and those concerned about our Environment.
- The Solitary Islands Marine Park comprises 71 000 hectares of reefs, islands, and estuaries between Coffs Harbour, and Sandon to the north near Grafton.
- The Solitary Islands Marine Park Authority has released their draft zoning plan for the park.
- This is the first zoning plan of its’ kind for any NSW marine park, and has the potential to set a precedent for other parks such as Jervis Bay.
- Under the draft plan less than 7% is earmarked for complete protection while over half is still open to commercial fishing.
- This makes a mockery of the main function of Marine Parks.
- To write a submission simply write down a few points with your name, signature and a return address. See over for details…
YOU can write a submission and tell the authority that :
- Sanctuary zones are the only real way to uphold the main aims of the Marine Park. 7% is a token gesture to these aims.
- Large sanctuary zones encompassing a range of habitats should be declared.
- This is the best way to conserve biodiversity and manage fish stocks.
Marine Working Group,
- Forward your submissions to:
National Parks Association of NSW,
PO Box A96,
Sydney South NSW 1235.
- Feel free to express your own ideas in your submission, for example; you may think that all commercial fishing should be prohibited in the Marine Park. Be as idealistic as you want!
- For more information write to the above address or ring on
(02) 9299 0000
Click here to see more pictures.
- Send us your submissions by the 3rd October.
National Parks Journal
<--- August 2001 - Lord Howe Island - Mining - Blue Mountains - Western Rivers
June 2001 - Emus and bulldozers - Possums in the Pilliga - Travel with children - National Parks Act - Development - Commonwealth - Nadgee --->
FIREWOOD - a Burning Issue for the 21st Century
A National Conference to raise awareness and explore solutions for firewood use that reduces the impact on the environment.
Armidale, NSW Friday 25 - Saturday 26 May 2001
Please register now. There are limited places left on flights from Sydney to Armidale. And discount day advance and 5 day advance tickets must be booked by Thurday 18/5 or Saturday 20/5 respectively.
Six million tonnes of firewood are consumed every year with serious impacts on the Australian environment.
ANZECC (Australian and NZ Environment and Conservation Council - Comm., State, Territory, NZ and PNG Environment Ministers) has released the discussion paper, A National Approach to Firewood Collection and Use in Australia that proposes strategies to address this issue. As a result, National Parks Association of NSW is organising one of three conferences in 2001 in conjunction with other environment groups. The other conferences are taking place in Tasmania and possibly South Australia.
NPA is a community group seeking protection for national parks and natural environments in New South Wales
Address enquiries and expressions of interest in attending to:
Shirley M Cook
4 Virginia Close
Armidale NSW 2350
Phone: 02 6772 7262
Book flights through Qantas 131313 or Hazelton 131713. Book now to get limited seats. If there are no flights available, contact our Conference Coordinator, who might be able to find alternative travel arrangements.
Armidale has a large number of Motels and two Caravan Parks. There are several Hotels offering rooms, several Bed and Breakfast establishments, and S.H. Smith House, provides budget accommodation with breakfast.
Information Centre: 1800 627736
Major SPONSORS: Natural Heritage Trust Bushcare Program, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. Other sponsors: University of New England Students Association, Armidale Dumqaresq Council, Birds Australia (Northern NSW Group).
Environment ConferenceAustralia's national and state community environment organisations are holding a major environment conference, and we invite you to attend and contribute your experience, your ideas and your energy to it. (17 August 2001)
Journal Gives Case for Mining Law Reform(6 August 2001)
TRANSGRID IS STILL AT IT! (4 June 2001)
JOURNAL EXPOSES NPWS, DUAP SELL-OUT AT ADI (31 May 2001)
BULLDOZED MOONSCAPE TO BECOME RIVER OF WEEDS (30 May 2001)
THREATENED SPECIES RECOVERY AT RISK (16 May 2001)
National Parks Association Endorses New National Parks for Central/North-West
(10 May 2001)
April 2001 National Parks Journal - Small mammal habitat protection - A licence to clear? - Incremental creep in national parks - Wallis Lake - Fighting for our beaches - When Beauty is the Beast, and more. SYDNEY'S FIREWOOD LINKED TO QLD LAND CLEARING (28 April 2001) Fun from NASA: a warning for NSW!
A time series is a powerful illustrative tool. In the case of the Aral Sea, separating the countries of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, we see indirect, but no less dramatic effectson a different part of the world.
The Aral Sea is actually not a sea at all. It is an immense lake, a body of fresh water, although that particular description of its contents might now be more a figure of speech than practical fact.
In the last thirty years, more than sixty percent of the lake has disappeared. As youll see in the visualization, the change over time is dramatic.
In the 1970s, farmers and state offices opened significant diversions from the rivers supplying water to the lake, sending millions of gallons to irrigate cotton fields and rice paddies. So voluminous were these irrigation sluices that concentrations of salts and minerals began to rise in the shrinking body of water. That change in chemistry has led to staggering alterations in the lakes ecology, causing precipitous drops in the Arals fish population.
A secondary effect of this reduction in the Aral Seas overall size is the rapid exposure of the lake bed. Powerful winds that blow across this part of Asia routinely pick up and deposit tens of thousands of tons of now exposed soil every year. This has not only contributed to significant reduction in breathable air quality for nearby residents, but also appreciably affected crop yields due to those heavily salt laden particles falling on arable land.
In the following sequence of images, we see a series of Landsat scenes taken several years apart. As the years pass, we see the profound reduction in overall area covered by the Aral, and a commensurate increase in land area as the floor of the sea now lies exposed.
For the movie, click here (This will take about 10 minutes to download, so perhaps you should just let it come down in the background while you do something else.)
Move interesting environmental animations are here: http://www.gsfc.nasa.gov/gsfc/earth/imaging/landsat.htm
Narrabri Gas Field an environmental disaster (12 April 2001) TOTAL ENVIRONMENT CENTRE INC.
NATURE CONSERVATION COUNCIL OF NSW Inc
Sydney's drinking water catchments - paper shuffling or protection?
3 April 2001
The water supply for Sydney's 4 million residents is at risk as draft regulations lack the power to control development or remediate existing water quality impacts in the catchments, key environment groups said today.
Sustaining the Catchments, the Department of Urban Affairs and Planning (DUAP) Regional Environment Plan (REP) for Sydney's Drinking Water Catchments provides for development assessment, but does not follow through with clear and binding guidelines for government assessment bodies and developers. Potentially innovative mechanisms for protecting the drinking water supply are undermined by loose wording and exemption clauses, they said.
"All of the reports show that water quality is being negatively impacted by development and land-use, said Jeff Angel, Director of the Total Environment Centre. We can expect continued deterioration of the catchments if the REP does not effectively control major pollution sources like cattle in creeks, sewerage systems and urban run-off.
"Political pressure from developers in the catchments may lead to further weakening of the REP unless the government takes a firm stance. Sydney's public health and environmental needs far outweigh the concerns of these individuals on any scale, he said.
"We are calling for DUAP to quickly finalise detailed water quality guidelines to which new development will have to conform, and to ensure that remediation of existing development is legally binding on government at all levels, said Kathy Ridge, Executive Officer of the Nature Conservation Council of NSW.
"The Sydney catchments are a unique resource and provide not only our water supply, but opportunities for nature-based recreation in clean and healthy environments. Populations of many native species continue to thrive in areas as yet untouched by development. We all want these opportunities to be there for present and future generations of Sydney residents, she said.
"This is an issue that affects everyone; clean and abundant water is a fundamental requirement for life. We cannot compromise the actions that are needed to protect such a vital resource.
For more information contact Jeff Angel on 02 9299 5680 or Kathy Ridge on 9279 2466 or 0438 899 774.
Please circulate and come to the rally and motorcade at Penrith this Sunday.
Rally on 1 April 2001 to Save Western Sydneys Best Bushland
When the NSW Government announced the go-ahead for a $2 billion development on former defence land near St Marys on 19 January 2001, it thought it could appease those wanting to protect one of the largest remnants of Cumberland Plain woodland with a 630 hectare Regional Park.
The 1,500 hectare ADI St Marys site is of outstanding regional significance, being one of the last large areas of bushland left in western Sydney. By good fortune it has survived, along with its rare and diverse plants and animals, and a healthy population of kangaroos and emus.
The 8,000 houses, an industrial and business area and other cleared areas adjacent to the small Regional Park will take up most of the ADI site. This leaves little chance for the regional park to support the remaining woodland ecosystems. Its not worth having!
The NSW Government has ignored the thousands of submissions over the last two years that have opposed their plan. Our last hope is that the Federal Government will intervene and prevent the land being transferred to Lend Lease to develop. They should only accept full protection of the site, just as they did for Sydney Harbour defence lands recently transferred to the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust.
Alternative sites that dont destroy bushland have been identified for new housing.
The NPA is supporting a rally being organised by the ADI Residents Action Group on Sunday 1 April 2001. There will be a motorcade around the site at 10:30 am, then a rally at 1pm at the Joan Sutherland Centre, Penrith. See the end of this email for further details.
Let your voice be heard. Join the rally and motorcade. Bring a banner.
If you cant make it to the rally, write a letter to the Prime Minister, John Howard, (Parliament House, Canberra 2600) and the NSW Premier, Bob Carr (Parliament House, Macquarie St, Sydney 2000). Tell them you want the entire ADI site protected as a Regional Park for its diverse and significant woodlands, animals and for community recreation.
For more information, look at the ADI Residents Action Group website at http://www.savetheadisite.bmt.com.au. Let me know if you want to join the campaign.
National Parks Association of NSW
PO Box A96, Sydney South NSW 1235
Tel: 02 9299 0000; Fax: 02 9290 2525
NATIONAL PARKS ARE NOT FOR DOMESTIC ANIMALS
The National Parks Association of NSW today questioned the Governments establishment of a Heritage Working Party that would look at the feral horses in the Guy Fawkes River National Park.
"This move, following yesterdays release of the second report into the removal of horses in Guy Fawkes River National Park prepared by Dr Tony English, will further delay efforts to rid the national park of feral horses", said Andrew Cox, NPA Executive Officer.
"Any suggestion that horses have a rightful place in national parks should be dismissed by the NSW Government immediately. National parks arent appropriate places for domestic animals turned feral. Concerns of the native fauna and flora should be paramount."
"Hard-hoofed animals such as horses cause damage including erosion, compaction and vegetation trampling, and introduce higher nutrient levels that encourage weeds. They also compete with native herbivores for feed, especially important in times of drought and after bushfires."
"The Government decision sets a dangerous precedent. Next we will see heritage groups established for other feral animals such as feral pigs, deer, cats, goats and foxes that will constrain their control in national parks", said Mr Cox.
"NPA supported the humane removal of feral animals from national parks in a peak environment groups submission to Professor Englishs inquiry in February. The groups believe that this can be achieved by aerial culling under strict protocols."
"The proposed Heritage Working Party should instead be an advisory group of local landholders, vets, conservationists and the RSPCA that constructively works with the National Parks and Wildlife Service to quickly remove the remaining horses in Guy Fawkes River National Park."
"There is a widespread community view that the horses should be removed from Guy Fawkes River National Park. NPWS must expedite this."
"Otherwise the horse numbers will rapidly increase again, and their removal becomes more difficult and costly", concluded Mr Cox.
Contact: Andrew Cox 9299 0000 or 0438 588 040
WALK TO ESCAPE THE CITY AND ENJOY THE BUSH !
The National Parks Association will be holding two Bushwalking Open Days during 2001, the first of which will be held on Sunday 3rd June at Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Sydney. The second day will be held in November, date will be advised at a later date.
In an effort to increase awareness of NPAs Bushwalking Program and ultimately increase our membership, NPA is offering people who have never ventured into our National Parks, the opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of the bush whilst participating in an easy walk. We urge current NPA members to encourage non NPA friends, neighbours and workmates to come along on the day. There will be special guided walks for young children, so families are most welcome.
The first walk is set to begin at 10.30am, meeting at the Bobbin Head picnic area, followed by lunch 12.00-1.00pm, with the second walk starting at 1.00pm.
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park can be assessed from either the Pacific Highway (Turramurra) or Burns Rd/Killeaton St (St Ives) by turning right into Bobbin Head Rd and continuing along that road past the National Park Entrance Gate (a fee applies unless you have an annual permit) and on a winding road down into the valley. Turn left into the picnic area after crossing the bridge and go past the Gibbergong Field Studies Centre. The NPA Open Day area will be located at the far end of this section of the picnic area (look out for the NPA Banner)
The first walk will go along Cowan Creek from Bobbin Head. This is a very pleasant walk on a well made track alongside the creek as it narrows. The walk passes numerous Aboriginal shell middens and has scenic views of the water and ridges. The second walk will go along the Gibbergong Track which follows a creek and goes through lovely areas of semi rainforest. The track is well made and, depending on time, the walk may go as far as Gibbergong Waterholes, a series of deep pools just below North Wahroonga.
Alpsport, one of Sydney's leading outdoor retailers, and a proud supporter of the NPA Open Day, will be providing demonstrations of outdoor camping gear for interested people. Alpsport are located at 1045-1047 Victoria Rd, West Ryde.
On the track to Sugarloaf Creek, Willoughby NSW
Dont Overwhelm Public with 100s of Plans
(28 February 2001)
Request to support the petition to save Dugong of Okinawa
Fri, 23 Feb 2001 17:05:15 +0900
This is to request you to support the petition to save Dugong of Okinawa. If you would find the signature campaign worth supporting, would you please put your signature in the petition below and send it to our E-mail address. The signatures collected will be submitted to the Japanese government.
You can easily send your signature if you would click the URL of the signature campaign below.
Green Light for Developers in Kosciuszko
NPA comment on Walker report (21 February 2001)
Sydney Morning Herald editorial (22 February 2001)
Click the image to see the February 2001 Issue of the National Parks Journal. (Thanks Judith) Dear Friends of Wingecarribee Swamp,
Next time your are browsing the web, you might like to take a look at the Wingecarribee Swamp web site. The address is: http://www.uow.edu.au/arts/sts/sbeder/wingecarribee/
Sydney Olympic Park Authority: "Hands Off"
(11 January 2001)
The NPA "Policies" have long been regarded as a manual of world's best practice in natural areas management, as applicable to NSW. These policies are revised from time to time. Several amended policies have just been posted:
- 1. Motor Vehicles in Natural Areas
- 2. Fire Management in Natural Areas (old, but newly posted)
- 8. Road systems in National Parks
- 12. Horse Riding In Natural Areas
- 15. Camping and Heritage Accomodation in the National Parks and Wildlife Estate
- 19. Exotic and Feral Animals affecting Natural Areas (newly posted)
- 20. Appropriate Recreation in National Parks
Click the image to see the December 2000 National Parks Journal
New national parks for the west, now not later! (13 December 2000)
Good News! Greater Blue Mountains to be added to register of World Heritage. Well done Keith! Comment by Andrew. Watch the National Parks Journal for more details.
New Southern National Parks a Reality - NPA welcomes legislation passed through NSW Parliament on 6th December 2000, creating 70 new national parks and nature reserves and other additions totalling 282,000 ha in southern NSW.
Proposed water legislation is at a critical stage in Parliament. We need to ensure that the environment is heard! Please join this rally if possible.
Please assemble outside NSW Parliament House at 5:30 on Thursday 23rd to raise awareness about WATER.
The NSW Water Management Bill 2000 "...is the single most important issue that this Parliement will handle..." and it is BEING DEBATED NOW !!!!!!!!!
The NSW Water Bill currently being debated in Parliament runs the risk of perpetuating environmentally devastating water management practices, not adequately addressing Indigenous equity, locking up water resources in long planning cycles, over allocating and over using water resources and continuing to deplete our fragile and endangered natural environment.
The status quo for the management of our State's water resources is not acceptable.
We URGENTLY need a commitment that will meet the needs of the environment.
We MUST voice our concern over the FUTURE OF OUR WATER.
Please help us by distributing this information and by attending the rally on Thursday.
For more information: Imogen Schoots, Water Project Officer, Nature Conservation Council, 9262 2641, http://www.nccnsw.org.au/water
Click here for details about the
Wandering Wildlife Educational
Seminar Series - 2001
NPA walk from Mt Ku-ring-gai to Hornsby
Photo: Judith Bennett
Put your boots on for NPA Bushwalking Open Day
Sunday 26 November
For the opportunity to participate in a recreational activity that is suitable for young and old alike, join us on our open day bushwalk, Sunday 26 November, in Sydney and across the State. NPA offers the largest bushwalking program in NSW it is a great way to meet people, get some exercise and enjoy the beauty of our national parks. Non-NPA walkers most welcome.
Royal National Park
For more information ring Karen on 02 9299 0000
See progress on the new Sydney Branch Wandering Wildlife pages.
(Challenge to other branches: you now have Macarthur and Sydney to beat.)
The August issue of the National Parks Journal is here. This month we have included more of the pictures from the paper version. Thanks Judith! The main feature is about Regional Parks around Sydney.
(click to see it)
Macarthur Branch have reopened their web page, take a look.
Branch web page.
Coming soon from NPA on the web: Wandering Wildlife (Sydney Branch) and a new teenage page.
PENNY FIGGIS is the final speaker for NPA's lecture series this year. She will be speaking on the topic "Is the current model of parks the best conservation method for the future?"
Please come along.
The lecture will be held on Monday 9 October at the Australian Museum Theatrette (William St entrance). Scheduled to begin at 7pm, entry permitted from 6.15pm onwards. Tickets available at the door. NPA members $8.00 (conc $5.00), non members $10.00. Come early, grab a coffee and get a seat.
Bring a friend or colleague and enjoy an interesting evening.
Membership Development Officer
A reminder about the NPA October Members Evening. Macpac and Alpsport have arranged a demonstration of bushwalking gear for us. The date is October 19; location is McMahons Point Community Centre, 165 Blues Point Road; and the time is 7:30pm.
Could you let people know about the evening as we are keen to have a successful night.
GREEN LEGACY FOR SYDNEY - SILVERWATER NATURE RESERVE GAZETTED
Just as the Olympics commenced, the final steps in the process to create the nature reserve in the Homebush Bay Millennium Parklands were completed. The dedication has just been published in the NSW Government Gazette, formally creating the 48 hectare nature reserve. (18 September 2000)
ONLY 8 DAYS TO GO - GAZETTE SILVERWATER NATURE RESERVE! (7 September 2000)
Wednesday 13 September 2000
Dr Tim Flannery
- Our native species - continuing extinction or better management?
Dr Tim Flannery is a world famous controversial Scientist.
He is currently Director of the South Australia Museum, and was previously Principal Research Scientist at The Australian Museum.
Tim Flannery is the author of several publications including: The Future Eaters - an ecological history of the Australasian land and people; Throwim Way Leg (Tree Kangaroo, Possums and People of New Guinea); Australias Vanishing Mammals : endangered and extinct native species
He is also Editor of several other books including The Birth of Sydney
An evening not to be missed.
Australian Museum Theatrette 7pm (William Street entrance)
Coffee and biscuits from 6.30pm
NPA Members $8.00 ($5.00 concession) Non-Members $10.00
(preference for popular lectures given to NPA members)
Enquiries: Vivien Dunne 02-9328 0718 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
npa 02 9299 0000
The August issue of the National Parks Journal is here.
(click to see it)
The threat of the Lithgow Silicon Smelter to western woodlands hasn't gone away yet! The charcoal plant will now be built at Gunnedah and consume 230,000 tonnes each year of western woodlands and forests from the north-east. No environmental assessment has been completed and the Government may approve all elements (silicon smelter, quartz mine, charcoal plant and wood supply) before the Olympics!
The development application for the proposed Charcoal Plant was placed on public exhibition yesterday. We have just received it and preparing a submission. See our media release issued today for a brief explanation of what it contains (or doesn't contain!).
The Charcoal plant DA and Statement of Environmental Effects ("EIS" written on front) for the Gunnedah charcoal plant is on exhibition for a 33 day period from Thursday 5 August to Mon 4 Sept. On exhibition will be the three volume "EIS" and a separate greenhouse report (about 5 pages)
Submissions can be sent to
Development and Infrastructure Branch, Dept. of Urban Affairs and Planning
GPO Box 3927, Sydney NSW 2001
Fax: 9391 2151(f)
Call Scott on 9391 2074 if you would like a copy, available at $25 each. Most environmental contacts in the C/W and NW have a copy already.
Thredbo and other park roads
Following the release of the Coronial Inquiry report on the Thredbo landslide disaster, the NSW Government has announced an inquiry into the role of the National Parks & Wildlife Service in oversighting urban development and roadworks in national parks.
NPA believes it is essential that the NPWS retains this role. Whilst the Coronial inquiry made adverse findings against NPWS, any alternative would have the potential to seriously damage the national parks estate and create a precedent which could see other aspects of Service management taken out of their hands. The simple solution is for the Service to develop its competence in these matters. Municipal councillors usually don't have geotechnical knowledge, they just employ or consult professional engineers. There is no good reason why the NPWS should not do the same.
It should also be recognised that National Parks & Wildlife Service engineers have made significant improvements in mitigating the environmental impacts of road construction along the section of the Alpine Way beyond Dead Horse Gap. The Roads & Traffic Authority, on the other hand, are viewed by conservationists as environmental and social vandals, responsible for destroying bushland, splitting communities and imposing polluting stacks on poorer communities which have less ability to thwart their road-building juggernaut.
The implications of the Inquiry go far beyond the Thredbo village and the Alpine Way. What of the tourist drive in Sturt National Park which has now become a major through route for heavy vehicle transport, the fire break in Pilliga Nature Reserve which is a popular short-cut from Baradine to Narrabri, the school bus route through Mt Jerusalem National Park, or the tourist roads which cut through parks in the Blue Mountains?
Whilst the Service is much maligned, it is the only Government agency which has nature conservation as its core business and the only competent agency to manage natural areas for the conservation of biodiversity. Its control over urban development and roads within parks should not be divested to another authority.
Date: Thu, 6 Jul 2000 15:09:48 +1000
Hi from Kosciuszko Cross Country Skiers Inc (KCros)
KCros focuses on the issues of services and facilities for all cross country skiers in Kosciuszko Natiuonal Park. KCros is represented on various consultative committees set up by the NPWS.
To make it easier for skiers to contact us we have just got our web site going and invite you to check it out at http://www.kcros.org.au. In addition to KCros news the site will progressively have other information of interest to cross country skiers.
Ski free, ski XC
The June edition of the National Parks Journal is now available. (Click on the picture to open it.)
info received from NPA member "Chloe Mason"
Subject: Walking - National Parks, kids etc
Date: Wed, 31 May 2000 21:15:38 +1000
here's some interesting info about reducing car use - and benefitting national parks in the USA etc...
while I was in Europe recently I became aware of the growth & growing sophistication of car-free tourism (entire lakeside villages) and think there's lots that could be done in NSW...such as the excellent leisure timetables (showing local trains and roundwalks) produced by local governments in Austria
>Subject: overseas snippets- including - driving to school is boring (London kids)
EarthVision Direct is a service from the EarthVision website. For a full listing of current and archived news, please visit: http://www.earthvision.net/ColdFusion/News_Top10.cfm
Zion Officials Adopt Mandatory Shuttle System
ZION NATIONAL PARK, UT, May 26, 2000 - Zion National Park has become the first park in the lower 48 states to ban nearly all cars from its most popular areas. http://www.gnet.org/Coldfusion/News_Page2.cfm?NewsID=10477
Kids Would Rather Walk Than Be Driven to School
LONDON, May 24, 2000 - After asking 769 children between the ages of seven and 11 how they would best like to travel to school, about 60 percent said they already walk to school but another 38 percent said they would prefer to walk than be driven. The interviews were conducted by the UK government's Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR) as part of the 'are you doing your bit?' campaign, a DETR initiative that encourages people to take simple everyday actions to help protect the local and global environment.
The research, released at the start of Walk to School Week organized by the Pedestrians' Association, shows that walking is the children's choice for traveling to school. In conjunction with the survey's release, DETR announced the launch of its free School Travel Resource Pack designed to give parents, teachers and school officials all they need to develop safe and healthy alternatives to the car. The pack shows how schools can involve pupils and work with local businesses and the community to make the journey to school safe and pleasant.
"We all want to see our children travel to school in safety, and to be offered greater choices and healthy options," said Transport Minister Keith Hill. "We are keen that children should be free to walk to school, accompanied by adults where appropriate, and our research shows that youngsters want to walk. Our new School Travel Resource Pack provides useful tools for the job of devising safe and practical ways for more youngsters to walk, cycle or take the bus or train to school."
According to the DETR, of those questioned, more than 38 percent who go by car would rather walk or cycle. Currently 31 percent who are driven to school live within a 15-minute walk from school.
The worst things about going to school by car, according to the children, are:
- getting stuck in traffic (27 percent)
- cars causing pollution (24 percent)
- lack of exercise (23 percent)
- not meeting classmates (17 percent)
- it's boring (16 percent)
When it comes to whom the children would like to walk to school with, mom's won out (34 percent) over dads (8 percent).
The School Travel Resource Pack is designed to give local authorities, teachers, parents and governors all they need to develop travel plans tailored to the needs of their school. The pack, researched by Sustrans for DETR, was produced by DETR in conjunction with the Department of Health and the Department for Education and Employment and is available from:
DETR Free Literature, PO Box 236, Wetherby LS23 7NB
Tel: 0870 1226236, Fax: 0870 1226237
Scroll down for more notices Here is our new policy on Aboriginal Land Rights Issues and their relationship to National Park Dedication and Management and the Conservation of Natural Values within NSW. Advert for: Ecotourism Association of Australia National Conference
Lorne and Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia
2-5 November 2000
Delegates will for the first time have the opportunity to experience two of Australia's premier tourist destinations, Lorne (and the Great Ocean Road) and Phillip Island in the one program. The Conference will commence at Lorne, the gateway to the famous Great Ocean Road. The second half of the program will feature Phillip Island's outstanding natural attractions as well as its regional wine and cuisine. Delegates can incorporate the widest range of field excursions including marine tours featuring seals, dolphins and penguins and land based tours featuring natural and cultural heritage.
The conference theme: Ecotourism - Changing the Nature of Australia will explore how ecotourism has been an increasingly dominant force within the tourism industry of Australia and the world over the past decade.
Check out the web site for further details as well as the Expression of Interest form.
Personal Assistant, Planning and Destination Development, Tourism Queensland
GPO Box 328, Brisbane, 4001
Tel: (07) 3406 5275, Fax: (07) 3406 5445
Dear NPA members and friends.
I am leaving my job as NPA's Executive Officer after more than 3 years committed work for NPA and our conservation goals. I hope that you have felt that my work has been worthwhile but more importantly I wish to thank you for all your support and encouragement.
On May 6 2000 at a meeting in Dubbo the NPA State Council accepted the resignation of the Executive Officer with regret, noting the considerable achievements of Noel during his time, recording our appreciation of his unstinting dedication towards conservation and the Association and wishing him well in the future.
"The Aboriginal Community Perspective"
This month, NPA presents three speakers from National Parks and Wildlife Service addressing the Aboriginal perspective of National Parks. All are members of the Aboriginal community.
- David Major, Manager of Policy and Programs at National Parks and Wildlife Service Cultural Heritage division in Queanbeyan, will be addressing the topic of National Parks from the rural Aboriginal perspective.
- Carol Kendall, Womens Heritage Coordinator at National Parks and Wildlife Service, will be discussing the topic from the Aboriginal womens perspective.
- Michael Duncan, a Birripai man and Natural Heritage Coordinator, National Parks and Wildlife Service Bathurst, will address the integration of Natural Heritage and Aboriginal Heritage.
We welcome the support of members and non-members alike. Part of the National Parks Association of NSW: 2000 Lecture Series, "Managing The Future - Nature, Parks & People-"
Wednesday 10 May 2000 - Australian Museum Theatrette 7pm (William Street entrance), Coffee and biscuits from 6.30pm
NPA Members $8.00 ($5.00 concession) Non-Members $10.00 (preference for popular lectures given to NPA members)
Enquiries: Vivien Dunne 02-9328 0718 Email : email@example.com
The April Issue of the National Parks Journal is here (Thanks to Judith Bennett for converting this issue for the web. More volunteers would be welcome!)
Western Sydney at the Frontline; Plans of Management for National Parks; NPA News
Boom and bust on Peery Lake
Charcoal logging no go. Kamay-Botany Bay. Warrumbungle win. Looking at weirs. Cumberland Plain Woodland mapping. Koala records wanted
National parks laws - Vision or sell-out?
Dirty business: Soils and biodiversity; Poison soils - good earth killing our estuaries; Salt - more than the flavour of the month; Salt - Together we can lick it
NPA Membership Benefits. Important Information for Walkers. NPA Branch Meetings. NPA Year 2000 Lecture Series
ON THE TRACK: Colin Watson - AGL - Friend of the Century
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR . REVIEWS
INDEX TO 1999 NATIONAL PARKS JOURNAL
2000 Lecture Series: Managing The Future - Nature, Parks & People
Wednesday 12 April 2000
DR RICHARD KINGSFORD
" Rivers & Wetlands "
Dr Richard Kingsford has been a Principal Research Scientist with NPWS for fourteen years. Most of his work has been on the waterbirds, wetlands and rivers of arid Australia, which covers about 70% of the continent. His research has focused on the wetlands of Cooper Creek, one of the world's most maginificent arid zone rivers, and the Paroo River, the last free-flowing river in the Murray-Darling Basin. Richard has managed a number of projects relating to the impacts of river regulation on the Macquarie Marshes - research which has formed the basis for development of water policies in New South Wales. This talk will be an introduction to some of our magnificant wetlands and waterbirds, particularly those that are still relatively unaffected by the human footprint. There will be a discussion of some of the opportunities and challenges for the future.
Australian Museum Theatrette 7pm (William Street entrance)
NPA Members $8.00 ($5.00 concession) Non-Members $10.00
(preference for popular lectures given to NPA members)
Enquiries: Vivien Dunne 02-9328 0718 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
The February Issue of the National Parks Journal is here:
Go to http://www.abc.net.au/science/slab/trees/story.htm for a most effective and clear discussion on economics, accounting and environmental issues
Sorry about the delay - I have been travelling myself and nothing seems to prepare one for the list of tasks left behind! The IUCN report (Linking Protected Areas to the Economy) has now been placed on a website and can be downloaded from there quite rapidly as a PDF. The details are listed below. In theory I should be able to organise a regular update process every few months.
The document is now available from the IUCN World Commission for Protected Areas website (publications area) as a PDF - the address is below:
Please feel free to comment - I will collate them and introduce them in the next update. If I have missed anyones previous comments its probably an oversight so let me know.
For those of you who attended the whalewatching workshop the document was basis of my invitation to kaikoura - what is presented on the site is a updated version.
A history of the displacement of Aboriginal people in NSW written by David Tranter of our Southern Highlands branch. "Fragments of a Song" Managing The Future - Nature, Parks & People - this vital topic will be addressed in nine lectures from March to November 2000 News about 4WD problems in US national parks.
SOUTHERN FOREST REGION NEGOTIATIONS
27 January 2000
Recent information available at our special southern forests site at http://forests.cjb.net:
From: "Geoff Brown" email@example.com
Dear supporters of the campaign to Save the ADI site, St Marys As you may know the ADI Residents Action Group are co-ordinating some key campaign events at the moment. Your participation [data lost, see below]
Apologies to our readers and contributors for the loss of some material below this point. Serves us right for being lazy and relying on Microsoft Front Page to handle such a big file. I'll try and find the bits to put it back together. Tom 7/3/00
Subject: Parramatta-Chatswood railway (my observations in support of the proposal as it stands)
Date: Thu, 06 Jan 2000 12:32:19 +1000
From: jmacris firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm writing this to briefly identify some alternative viewponts (and put up my hand as a holder of these views in this instance).
It has been a fairly well utilised strategy for the environment movement to push for a less impacting alternative to a major project. In fact, I wouldn't mind betting that a case for expanded public transport infrstructure helped in the campaign that saw the freeway corridor revoked in the Lane Cove Valley a couple of years back.
This rail proposal appears to be much less of a certainty than any of the RTA's pet projects. There isn't the same sort of influence from within the rail authority. Parramatta-Chatswood has been mooted and then buried at least twice as a proposal. A couple of people with some insight into the ALP suggested to me that it looked like being returned to the back burner post NSW election.
In this case, pushing for an alternative which is some millions dearer and has a lower cost/benefit ratio on top of that, does not take account of the fact that this badly needed railway is still far from certain to go ahead.
The university I attend (Macquarie) would be serviced by all of the route options examined (provided the line gets built), but the teacher and nursing training campus of UTS at Lindfield only gets a station under the proposals employing a bridge across the Lane Cove River. That is significant and shouldn't be brushed aside.
I'm fond of Lane Cove National Park. I was walking there a couple of days ago and, through my course, have worked on designs for stormwater improvements at the urban margins around Fox Valley. I think the better approach with this rail crossing, which would undoubtedly impact on the visitor experience in its environs, is to seek compensatory funded
projects such as nutrient filtering of urban runoff, financial boosts to existing regeneration programs, or further land additions to the National Park.
Looking at it from that perspective it would be hard to sustain an argument that ecological integrity is losing out. Sustainable transport objectives are certainly furthered. That leaves public amenity at the site of the crossing as the remaining sore point.
I don't wish to dismiss that as unimportant. I have stuck up for preserving visitor 'wilderness experience' in other campaigns for more remote natural areas around the place. I'm aware that the local community groups of the northern suburbs are about the best around at lobbying for or against matters regarding local open space and bushland.
Its just that framed in that perspective, I find the transport argument substantially more compelling in this case.
I'll be making a personal supporting submission to the EIS and encouraging others in my university course and the campus's green society to do so.
NPA State Councillor
NCC Executive Member
The December Issue of the National parks Journal is here: Some members of State Council after our meeting in Armidale in November 1999. (Just step back a bit more please Alan) The October Issue of the National parks Journal is here: North East NSW Parks and Reserves
Trip report by B. Everingham, July 1999
The July holidays have been a good excuse to visit some of the national parks in and around my old home town of Taree. Some are old, familiar places. Some have only recently been added to the national park estate, thanks to the Regional Forest Agreement. All are well worth visiting and ..... click here to read on
WALK AGAINST WOODCHIPS
The August Issue of the National parks Journal is here: Korean wetlands under threat (where our birds go in winter) .... Click here More news from Korea
The June Issue of the National parks Journal is here:
The April 1999 issue of the National parks Journal is here:
Apologies to our readers and contributors for the loss of some material above this point. Serves us right for being lazy and relying on Microsoft Front Page to handle such a big file. I'll try and find the bits to put it back together. Tom 7/3/00
Paul Barnes has some notes on the new parks in northeast NSW here. Ramsar Conference
Try at http://www.iisd.ca/ramsar/cop7 for a daily record of what is happening at Costa Rica. It even includes a what is going on in the corridors feature. Now that is effective.
The Confederation of Bushwalkers has just posted a good history of the recent Grose Valley development proposal here. They are also seeking support for their Grose Wilderness proposal. Needless to say, NPA supports the preservation of the valley for nature and scenic conservation, and incidentally, bushwalking to the extent that it does not conflict with conservation of the valley. (22 April 1999)
DEBUS WELCOME AS NEW ENVIRONMENT MINISTER
The National Parks Association today welcomed the appointment of Mr Bob Debus as the new Minister for the Environment in the re-elected Labor Government
"Mr Debus as the Member for the Blue Mountains has developed already a constructive relationship with the widespread environment groups in the Blue Mountains and also with peak NSW conservation groups such as the NPA", said Noel Plumb, NPA Executive Officer.
Mr Debus was instrumental in the recent addition of the Canyon Colliery site, at the head of the Grose Wilderness, to the Blue Mountains National Park. He supported this despite a vociferous campaign against him, in the midst of the NSW election, by the high profile Dr John Wamsley, the "Cat Hat Man".
Dr Wamsley has now issued a public apology for his action. Mr Debus was strongly supported by local and peak conservation groups for his position that this outstanding World Heritage quality site be included in the National Park rather than monopolised by Dr Wamsley's company, Earth Sanctuaries, as a private, commercial animal sanctuary and tourist attraction.
"We look forward to working with Mr Debus to advance conservation goals and protect the natural environment. We don't expect agreement on every issue but are pleased that such a knowledgeable and experienced minister has been appointed."
"There are some clear priorities for nature conservation in NSW and we hope to work with the Minister and the Government on these, particularly:
- improved conservation outcomes from the forest assessments for southern and western NSW
- significant extension of the completely inadequate national parks system for western NSW
- permanent protection of undeveloped coastal lakes, estuaries and wetlands
- solid progress with new marine parks
From NPA press release 8 April 1999 - for further comment contact Noel Plumb 9233 4660 or 0412 975 575 or e-mail email@example.com
From: Michie < firstname.lastname@example.org >
Date: Sunday, 21 March 1999 6:44
Subject: Walks in Dharawal are on again!!!
Come and join Macarthur Branch NPA as we traverse an ancient traditional pathway across the creeks and swamps of the pristine O'Hares Creek catchment. Easy going, with swim, swim, swim as we cross seven delightful creeks, replete with waterfalls and canyons. Walks are scheduled for Sat 3rd, Sun 4th, Sat. 10th, and Sun. 11th Distance approx 10k, and 6-7 unhurried hours Email for further details at email@example.com
Yes, there is a hidden agenda. Illawarra Shooters have proposed a rifle range on the edge of this magnificent SRA. The safety zone of the range will result in your being totally excluded from this prime bushwalking area. It is perhaps the best walking in the entire SRA, but there is immense pressure to go ahead with the rifle range. Come and see it before it's too late.
Web people: if you have an outdoors NSW website, please feel free to copy and paste this table to your page. The more the merrier!
Post-script: In spite of the rain, many people had an enjoyable day out. If there is enough interest Beth and her Macarthur friends will arrange more trips later in the year. Meanwhile, if you have not yet joined the NPA you could consider doing so and become entitled to join the largest programme of bushwalks and other field activities in NSW. Click here to see more about bushwalking with NPA, here to join now and here for some background on the politics of this location.
Grose Valley Canyon Country Protected (Good news! 10 March 1999)
Announcement of new bushwalking book:
"Discovering the Colo Wilderness on foot"
by Anthony Dunk.
The revised and expanded Report
PROPOSED NATIONAL PARKS ADDITIONS IN THE SYDNEY REGION
prepared by Helen Latham on behalf of the NPA
was launched by The Hon Pam Allan, NSW Minister for the Environment, on Sunday 21st February 1999 at Llandilo, overlooking the ADI site.
A special guest speaker was Doug Benson of Royal Botanic Gardens, joint author of "Taken for Granted: The bushland of Sydney and its suburbs".
Some pictures are here.
For more information, please contact Julie or Kristi
Tel 9233 4660 Fax 9233 4880
Silverwater Nature Reserve Announced ...... again!
Silverwater / Newington Nature reserve was announced yet again last month, but has still not been formally gazetted. At just 50 ha, it will be half the area that NPA had recommended. It would be jointly managed by NPWS, Olympic Coordination Authority (OCA), Commonwealth Department of Defence, Auburn Council, Bicentennial Park trust and the Environment Protection Authority until after the 2000 Olympics. Some pictures of the natural and industrial heritage of this unique area, taken at the re-announcement ceremony, are here.
Ground-breaking agreement marks new era in Australian wetlands conservation
An unprecedented agreement involving rural landholders and conservationists along with state and federal governments in the joint management of significant wetland areas contained within farming properties was signed on World Wetlands Day, Tuesday 2nd February 1999 in Moree.
NPANSW and WWF-Australia have facilitated a memorandum of understanding that involves listing more than 1000 hectares of the Gwydir wetlands, which are about 500 kilometres north west of Sydney near Moree, under the international Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. The agreement also cements support of the two Australian Governments for new water sharing rules to ensure adequate river flow to sustain the wetlands.
NPA has been active in wetlands conservation for over 40 years and we recognise that much wetland cannot be protected by the national park system. This agreement is another step in a very important process- conservation groups engaging productively with landholders and governments to develop new approaches to conservation. We look forward to further work with private landholders.
The Gwydir wetlands had been dying in recent years due to water extraction for irrigation use, weed invasion and clearing for agriculture, all of which are addressed in the Memorandum of Understanding. Previously developed water sharing rules now cemented through the agreement have already yielded results with the return of half a million breeding waterbirds to the wetlands over this summer.
The landholders will also continue to benefit from flood induced pasture for their livestock. The stewardship of the sheep and cattle producers who own the land is considered central to maintaining the conservation values of the wetlands.
Some pictures are here.
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 9233 4660
Korean Wetland Alliance - News
Gundabooka N.P. A new page is coming, see here for a preview.
Biodiversity - This vital world-wide topic will be addressed in nine evening lectures from March to November 1998 at the Australian Museum. Details are here. Most of the December National Parks Journal is now available on the web. To get a full paper copy to read at leisure, please subscribe! Topics include: Catchment Protection, Serengeti, Jervis Bay, Fire, Jabiluka as well as various items of news, editorial and reviews etc. The NPWS have announced a new phone number for park information. It is 13 0036 1967 and costs one local call fee from anywhere in NSW. Open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.
Towra Point Nature Reserve. Sutherland Shire Environment Centre has recently completed a major website for the most significant wetland in the Sydney region. It is entitled TOWRA-Net and has comprehensive information about Towra (ecosystems, management, history, birdlife) and wetlands and information about the current conservation activities that are being undertaken in the Reserve. Also included is a TOWRA-Net Forum where visitors can leave messages and swap information about wetlands and wetland conservation not just in NSW but in other areas as well.
The address is http://members.xoom.com/towra . I thought it may be of interest to you perhaps also for your links page. We are currently developing our own links section and we will add yours to our list.
Regards, Simon Kimberley, Projects Officer ( Monday, 7 December 1998 3:41:pm)
Sutherland Shire Environment Centre, Suite 16, Eton Arcade 754-760 Princes Highway, Sutherland NSW 2232 (PO Box 589, Sutherland NSW 1499) Australia - Ph: +61 2 9545 3077 Fax: +61 2 9545 3411 Email: email@example.com Website: http://www.acay.com.au/~ssec
Subject: Aboriginal Child and Maternal Health
Date: Mon, 23 Nov 1998 05:48:26 +1100
I am a PhD student who is currently engaged in Aboriginal Child & Maternal Health-Breastfeeding and Nutrition research. I am dedicated to my work, and would be very pleased to find out if you have other manuscripts of works pertaining to my subject. I do realise it is woman business and therefore you may be able introduce me to a woman of one of the womens business, or point me in the right direction.
Hannah Mary Herod MPH
Forests and Politicians - Yuraygir Kid goes Feral: News from the North Coast of NSW (12 November 1998)
North East Forests Decision: Promise to Save The Forests abandoned (12 November 1998)
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. Plea for support from NZ conservationists against new native forest logging in New Zealand (yes, we thought they had stopped doing this!) Here is another way of reaching our site: http://npansw.cjb.net. It looks like the service from bounce.to is worth what we paid for it. Native title. For those learning about native title, this book about the Mabo case will be interesting.
Mutawintji handed back
An historic event the return of lands to the traditional Mutawinjti owners took place on site on 5 September. The formal ceremony opened with a welcoming dance, followed by brief speeches from local and Uluru owners, Premier Bob Carr, Col Markham, Pam Allan, Andrew Refshauge and Tim Moore. Title was handed to traditional owner and local Land Council Chair, William Bates, and a lease of the lands as national park was formally granted. The event was recorded by stencilled hands on a stone plaque.
Congratulations on this successful return of traditional lands to their rightful owners, the Mutawintji people, who have in their turn agreed to lease back the area as national park. NPA hopes the arrangement is a resounding success, and continues as a landmark example in seeking reconciliation of rightful Aboriginal involvement in traditional lands which have been formally recognised, through national park status, as of special natural and cultural value.
The lands known as Mootwingee Historic Site, Mootwingee NP and Coturaundee NR now comprise inalienable Wiimpatja freehold land, held on behalf of the Aboriginal owners by the Mutawintji Aboriginal Land Council. Leased for an initial period of 30 years to the Minister for the Environment under the new Part 4A of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974, they remain part of the conservation estate of NSW but will henceforth be under the care, control and management of a Board of Management with a majority being Aboriginal owners.
Day-to-day management will be implemented by the NPWS District in accordance with an approved Plan of Management. Haydn Washington, NPA member, ACF councillor and well-respected environmentalist, has been appointed as a Board Member. Copies of the lease have been provided to NPA and are also available on the web - see www.austlii.edu.au/mutawintji/.
NPA wishes to work with Aboriginal people in building on mutual interests in the conservation and better management of our heritage. This is reflected in recent policy statements adopted by NPA State Council. It is clear that the overwhelming link between Aboriginal people and their local lands must be given recognition by positive action, not just words.
Anne Reeves NPA Vice-President
This volume covers September 1998 to December 2001, more or less. The current scrapbook is here.
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