Moratorium needed now on new National Parks
Shooters and Fishers Party MLC, Robert Borsak, today called on the NSW Government to impose a moratorium on the declaration of any new National Parks in the State until after the Public Land Use Inquiry is finalised.
He said he was surprised to learn that since the O'Farrell Government came to office another 5,869 hectares have been added to the national park estate, comprising three new parks and 21 additions to existing parks.
"On top of this, another 7,049 hectares of national park estate has been re-categorised in the reserve system, for example from state conservation area to national park," he said.
"It is time to call a halt, let the Public Land Use inquiry run its course. I spent a couple of days recently touring parks in the vast western area of the State to witness first hand the problems related to feral animals, weeds, and the loss of income to local councils.
"I fully endorse the call by the President of the Western Division of Councils of NSW, Peter Laird for a moratorium. His area has been particularly hard hit by National Park declarations, without proper consideration to their impact on rural economies and communities.
"The Government should make the right decision and ensure that any future declarations are made for the right reasons, and not ideology," Mr Borsak said.
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