Government delays National Park declarations to extend logging - Labor will oppose Robyn Parker's latest attack on our environment

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The NSW Labor Opposition will oppose the O'Farrell Government's legislation to delay national park declarations at the Yathong and Wilbertroy State Forests – which will leave endangered forests with no protections from heavy logging.

"The NSW Labor Opposition will oppose the O'Farrell Government's Bill to increase logging and delay national park declarations in the Yathong and Wilbertroy State Forests," Shadow Environment Minister, Luke Foley said.

"Delaying the declaration of these national parks for up to three years will allow loggers to have a free-for-all in our endangered ecological habitats.

"The Integrated Forestry Operations Approval for the south west cypress was issued on the basis that the Yathong and Wilbertroy State Forests would be declared as national parks from January 1, 2012.

"Delaying the declaration of these national parks for up to three years will leave the endangered ecological habitats in these state forests without protections from logging.

"The Yathong State Forest, north of Hillston, is one of the most important reserves in south west NSW with 24 threatened fauna species, including the little pied bat and hooded robin.

"Wilbertroy State Forest, south west of Forbes, is home to river red gum woodland as well as the threatened grey box and belah.

"It is obvious the National Party are running riot and the Premier and Robyn Parker are giving them the green light to do as they please by winding back environmental protections.

"Labor created three million hectares of new national parks in government, while the O'Farrell Government has only created 12 hectares in its first six and a half months in office.

"Now Robyn Parker is wreaking havoc on the national park legacy Labor created for NSW – allowing the loggers continued access to our endangered ecological habitats."