Come and see

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - NEWS -

An open in­vite has been is­sued for politi­cians and de­ci­sion mak­ers from all sides of gov­ern­ment to visit and see first­hand how ac­tive man­age­ment through com­mer­cial har­vest­ing can ben­e­fit the Mur­ray Val­ley Na­tional Park.

The of­fer comes from Gulpa Sawmill owner and Na­tion­als Red Gum branch chair Ben Danck­ert on the back of NSW Mem­ber for Mur­ray Austin Evans of­fi­cially in­tro­duc­ing his red gum bill in NSW Par­lia­ment last week.

The bills calls for both the Mur­ray Val­ley Na­tional Park and Mur­ray Val­ley Re­gional Park gazettals in 2010 to be re­voked, and the forests to be placed in the hands of Crown Lands.

Mr Evans says it is the best way to have com­mer­cial tim­ber har­vest­ing ac­tiv­i­ties re- turn to the forests, which he says would sup­port the re­gional econ­omy with­out jeop­ar­dis­ing the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­por­tance of the area.

Mr Evans of­fi­cially tabled the bill in Par­lia­ment Thurs­day last week, and will be given the op­por­tu­nity to speak to the mo­tion at the sec­ond read­ing next month.

He said the no­tice of mo­tion has al­ready ‘‘trig­gered a lot of dis­cus­sion’’, some of which Mr Danck­ert says high­lights a lot of mis­un­der­stand­ing.

Shadow Min­is­ter for En­vi­ron­ment Penny Sharpe is­sued a press re­lease that, aside from at­tack­ing the pol­i­tics, cham­pi­ons the view that ‘‘Na­tional parks are a mag­nif­i­cent en­vi­ron­men­tal as­set vis­ited by mil­lions of na­ture lovers ev­ery year’’ and re­sorts to scare tac­tics in say­ing if passed that ‘‘no na­tional park is safe’’.

‘‘We’ve had a typ­i­cal re­sponse from an un­in­formed La­bor mem­ber who needs to come and see the ev­i­dence that the na­tional parks rul­ing has had no en­vi­ron­men­tal out­comes for this area,’’ Mr Danck­ert said.

‘‘All the ev­i­dence we’ve seen in the past eight years since the rul­ing was handed down is that the for­est is not an­cient like the de­ci­sion mak­ers thought, but man made.

‘‘We would wel­come any ev­i­dence that proves us wrong, but it’s not there.

‘‘The Mur­ray Val­ley Na­tional Park needs to be ac­tively man­aged, even the orig­i­nal Nat­u­ral Re­source Com­mis­sion re­ports tell us that.

‘‘We would wel­come any­one who would like to come and see for them­selves.’’

Mr Evans also chal­lenged the orig­i­nal plat­i­tudes of­fered to the lo­cal com­mu­nity and af­fected tim­ber in­dus­try that the Na­tional Parks would re­place the multi-mil­lion dol­lar tim­ber in­dus­try with tourism dol­lars, ask­ing ‘‘where are they?’’.

‘‘I am very proud to in­tro­duce this bill to par­lia­ment as it is a vi­tal step closer to re­build­ing our lo­cal red gum in­dus­try, which plays such an im­por­tant part in our re­gional econ­omy and com­mu­nity,’’ Mr Evans said.

‘‘I have spo­ken to many peo­ple in our elec­torate who are hurt­ing from the ex­ist­ing laws and lim­its on sus­tain­able tim­ber har­vest­ing due to the dec­la­ra­tion of the Mur­ray Val­ley Na­tional Park.’’

Mr Evans said he will con­tinue to lobby for sup­port for his bill.

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