Premier must rule out grazing in National Parks – Robyn Parker to meet with proponents of leasing out National Parks


The NSW Labor Opposition has again called on the O'Farrell Government to rule out allowing grazing in national parks – after Environment Minister Robyn Parker has had high level discussions about grazing trials in western NSW.

Carrathool Shire Mayor Peter Laird has let the cat out of the bag by revealing he has already had a meeting with Ms Parker to discuss grazing in national parks, and that she is flying to the Riverina for further discussions."The Western Division Group of Councils has previously called on the O'Farrell Government to consider leasing parts of NSW national parks to farmers, and this is proof they are getting their way," Shadow Environment Minister, Luke Foley said.

"The O'Farrell Government is considering opening up NSW national parks to graziers.

"Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner and Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson repeatedly called for farmers to be allowed to graze their cattle inside national parks in opposition.

"The Victorian Coalition Government introduced cattle grazing in the Alpine National Park when it came to office, and is refusing to abandon it despite the Federal Government rejecting its plans under national environment laws.

"And now Robyn Parker - the least competent environment minister this state has ever seen - is holding high level meetings aimed at introducing grazing in national parks in NSW.

"Allowing graziers into NSW national parks would threaten native animals and plants.

"Our national parks provide a refuge for more than 1,000 endangered species of flora and fauna, as well as protecting precious landscapes.

"We need an Environment Minister who will fight to protect our environment – not bow to colleagues and special interest groups who want to open up our protected national parks to graziers," said Mr Foley.