Only $107,000 for National Parks in budget: Coalition will take 105,000 years to match Labor's National Parks record

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The O'Farrell Government has confirmed it has no vision for nature conservation in NSW – with no Budget allocation for the establishment of new national parks other than a paltry $107,000 allocated to Dharawal.*

"This Budget reveals that the O'Farrell Government has no vision for nature conservation and no plans for establishing any new national parks other than at Dharawal," Shadow Minister for the Environment Luke Foley said.

"Last year's Budget allocated $1 million to the establishment of new national parks.**

"Committing $107,000 for the creation of Dharawal National Park may pay for new signage, but it certainly won't meet the Coalition's election commitment to create a national park.

"There is no mention about compensation to mining interests in the area and no funding to suggest the O'Farrell Government is serious about creating the Dharawal National Park."

Mr Foley said the Budget summed up the O'Farrell Government's attitude towards nature conservation.

"In 16 years, Labor in government created three million hectares of new national parks, building one of the most diverse and comprehensive park systems in the world," Mr Foley said.

"After five months in office, the O'Farrell Government has declared just 12 hectares of new national parks.

"At this rate, it will take the O'Farrell Government 105,000 years to reach Labor’s final tally.

"New species will have evolved by then. We will have colonised other worlds," Mr Foley said.

Sources:

*NSW Government Budget Papers 2011-12, Budget Paper No. 4 - Infrastructure Statement, page 4-40.

**NSW Government Budget Papers 2010-11, Budget Paper No. 4 - Infrastructure Statement, page 4-22.