Since 1967, the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has looked after our National Parks, their precious wildlife, worked for the conservation of native and threatened species, educated generations of school children and played host to countless camping holidays and bushwalks.
Their ability to perform these essential public services is now under threat from a restructure by the NSW Liberal-Nationals government, which will result in a series of cuts and job cuts and loss of expertise.
We love our national parks. They receive more than 40 million visits in NSW each year, and an overwhelming 94 per cent of visitors describe themselves as satisfied or very satisfied with their experience.
Parks like Nanar National Park and Goobang National Park are an important part of the community, environment and public space.
If the NPWS restructure goes ahead, the NSW community will soon notice the consequences of the government’s reckless approach to parks management.
Fewer rangers, closed tracks, less maintenance of visitor facilities and encroaching invasive species will become the unfortunate norm.
There will be a knock-on effect on local jobs, tourism and the local economy.
I urge readers to contact the NSW government and ask them to stop their war on National Parks and treat rangers and all staff with the respect they deserve.