Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

Shooters’ logging bill is an existential threat to National Parks

The Colong Foundation condemns the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party for introducing legislation* today that seeks to permit commercial logging in national parks under the National Parks and Wildlife Act in NSW, 1974.

“I call on Matt Kean, Minister for Energy and Environment to confirm that logging national parks is not Coalition policy and will never be Coalition policy,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.

“Deputy Premier Barilaro can’t win back National voters in rural electorates by promising to log national parks as he did last month. If he tries to do it the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party will go one better every time. Barilaro's plan to log Murray Valley National Park has now been topped by the Shooters’ plans to log the Pilliga National Park as well as that park. This is a negative lose-lose auction spiral," Mr Muir said.

"Securing votes by logging national parks is a sure-fire way for Governments to lose elections,” said Mr Muir.

“Minister Kean must come out with a strong statement that national park protection is a core value of Berejiklian Government,” Mr Muir said.

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

* Reference: Mark Banasiak, Shooters, Fishers and Farmers MLC today introduced National Parks and Wildlife Amendment (Tree Thinning Operations) Bill 2019. The bill seeks to amend the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 by adding a new Section 171A:
…. to carry out tree thinning operations in Murray Valley National Park or Pilliga National Park, and
(b) to remove and sell any timber or timber products obtained from the carrying out of those operations.