The first was our Cleaner Greener NSW and Blue Mountains Meeting on 31 October 2018.
The second is the Rally to Protect our National Parks on 24 February 2019.
National parks face many threats from high end accommodation, development proposals, fast-growing visitor numbers, horse-riding, events, feral and invasive species, increasing helicopter and small plane joy flights.
The Blue Mountains National Park also faces destructive flooding from raising Warragamba Dam wall and the impacts of the Western Sydney airport.
Blue Mountains National Park is one of the eight protected areas that, in 2000, was inscribed to form part of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Greater Blue Mountains Area.
National parks need good managers who are sufficiently resourced to protect the parks’ values. However, the state’s park managers (National Parks and Wildlife Service) has been subject to funding cuts, restructuring and loss of staff expertise.
Come to our Rally to Protect our National Parks.
Speakers include -
Ecopella, an environmental choir that sings about the beauty of our world and the struggle to protect it from exploitation and degradation, will provide inspiring songs!
The well attended event in Lawson heard Kate Smolski, CEO of the Nature Conservation Council of NSW present an overview of the key environmental issues across the state, and its policies for the 2019 NSW election and beyond.
Download Kate's presentation. [13MB PowerPoint Show].
The Society presented its activities and campaigns that are influenced or affected by the NSW State Government's policies and legislation.
Download the Society's presentation. [14MB PowerPoint Show].
The major parties were invited to send a spokesperson to say a few words at the meeting and to answers questions from the audience. The Greens and Labor accepted this offer. The Liberal’s Owen Laffin attended the event, but was not officially endorsed as their candidate for several days afterwards, and so did not speak at the meeting.
Here's the NCC's A Cleaner, Greener NSW - Policies for the 2019 NSW State Election and Beyond document. [13MB pdf].