Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

NSW Labor offers hope on environment/climate change

“NSW Labor’s plan to protect our environment and address climate change released this morning (28 Feb) is bold on climate change.  It offers hope to the coming generations and leadership on nature conservation.  School children are genuinely concerned about their future and now at least they can look to a major political party prepared to take action. If elected Labor will require a future NSW Government to obtain all of its energy from renewable sources by 2025,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.

“Labor will stop the degradation of wilderness and national parks.  We are delighted that Labor this morning confirmed it will not raise the Warragamba Dam wall for urban sprawl on the Hawkesbury-Nepean floodplain.  Tomorrow’s generations will still have the southern Blue Mountains wilderness to connect with simply and in depth, and to see themselves in perspective.  This is in marked contrast with the NSW Coalition Government that would allow this spectacular World Heritage Area to be flooded”, Mr Muir said.

“There will be no logging and stock grazing of national parks under Labor and the Kosciuszko Wild Horse Heritage Act 2018 will be ripped up. Hooray to that! ,” he said.  “National park protection must remain a corner stone of all social contacts between NSW citizens and political parties,” he added.

“Labor will build resilience to meet the climate challenge through development of its water and native vegetation plans with the community.  The election policy defines benchmarks like ‘maintain or improve’ for native vegetation plan outcomes and reinstatement of the “Cease to Pump” rule for Darling River flows,” Mr Muir said.

“There are items missing, like a native forest policy, including protection for the spectacular and internationally significant Gardens of Stone region. But the election is still three and a bit weeks away and separate announcements, like the promise to ban burning forests for electricity generation, have come out this week so we hope that these policy omissions can be addressed,” said Mr Muir.

For more information contact: Keith Muir, (02) 9261 2400 (wk) or 0412 791 404 (mob)