Coalition dodges question on parks policy

Friends of the Earth Melbourne
Media Release 3rd September, 2013

Victorian Liberal and National candidates in the upcoming federal election have failed to respond to a community survey about the future management of National Parks in the Riverina area.

Friends of the Earth Melbourne wrote to all Victorian candidates in August asking about their position on plans to conduct ‘ecological thinning’ inside the Barmah-Millewa National Park, and to transfer federal environmental decision-making powers to the states.

‘Despite a strong response to our survey from the Greens and some ALP candidates, not one Liberal or National Party candidate took the time to present their policy on these important issues,” said Friends of the Earth Community Campaigner Will Mooney.

“The natural environment matters to Australians. Victorian voters have a right to know how their local Coalition candidates plan to look after National Parks and other landscapes of national significance,” Mr Mooney said.

“The proposal to conduct ‘ecological thinning’ trials inside the Barmah-Millewa National Park is just one example of the kinds of destructive plans being put forward by Coalition state governments. If Federal environmental decision-making powers are handed over to the states, as Tony Abbot proposes, many of our most precious protected areas could be under threat.”

Contact Will Mooney
Ph. 0404 163 700
Community Campaigner
Barmnah-Millewa Collective
Friends of the Earth Melbourne.