Many people will be heading off over the Easter break to enjoy camping, bushwalking or just a pleasant day out in a NSW national Park. “But if you down to the woods today you may be in for a big surprise”, Dr Carolyn Pettigrew, spokesperson for Park Watch said.
The impacts of cutbacks to the National Parks and Wildlife Service staff and budgets over many years are starting to show up on the ground. Walking tracks are not being maintained and staff can’t keep pace with vandalism of visitor facilities in some areas.
NSW National Parks received over 50 million domestic visits in 2016. The figures derived from a properly conducted survey by Roy Morgan Research. The figures didn’t include visits by overseas visitors.
According to official figures, ANZ and Allianz stadia would receive around 1 million visitors per year and yet the Berejiklian Government wants to spend 2 billion dollars on these two venues alone.
“In just a taste of what is to come, Park Watch would like to share this image from a camping ground loo in Kosciuszko National Park” Dr Pettigrew added.
“It’s a very sad day when our beautiful natural bush areas, which are there for everyone to enjoy, are so neglected by the NSW Berejiklian government”, Dr Pettigrew concluded. Media Release