Take Action - Red Gum Parks in Jeopardy!

The decision to protect NSW River Red Gums is in jeopardy! Just days after the announcement of National Park protection for the globally significant Millewa Forest and other key areas, new Premier Kristina Keneally is being lobbied by the logging industry and conservative elements of her own party to reverse the decision. We need your help today...

7th December 2009

The decision to protect NSW River Red Gums is in jeopardy! Just days
after the announcement of National Park protection for the globally
significant Millewa Forest and other key areas, new Premier Kristina
Keneally is being lobbied by the logging industry and conservative
elements of her own party to reverse the decision.

Last week, then Premier Nathan Rees announced the NSW Government would
create a 48,000ha national park to match Victoria’s effort to protect
the world’s largest red gum forest, Barmah-Millewa. He also committed
to creating additional reserves along the Murray, Lachlan and
Murrumbidgee rivers.

ABC News and the Sydney Morning Herald
have reported that Premier Keneally is considering reversing the
decision, so it is crucial that the Premier and her Minsiters receive a
flood of emails and phonecalls this week urging the Red Gum decision be
implemented.

This is the most important moment in the NSW Red Gum campaign.  We urgently need your helpby:

1. Emailing the Premier and Cabinet Ministers - click here to use our ready-made email in just two minutes

2. Phoning the Premier's office on 02 9228 5239. Below are some suggestions on points to make.

3. Encourage your friends, family and networks to take action - use the
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Key Things to tell Premier Keneally

  • You applaud the NSW Government’s decision to protect River Red Gum forests.
  • Creating Red Gum National Parks and Reserves is a visionary and historic step that will protect internationally recognised wetlands, nationally threatened species and help the regional economy.
  • The red gum logging industry is already in great peril because of decades of overcutting. Even without National Parks, timber yields will need to be cut by at least 75% because the Red Gums are simply not growing back quickly enough.
  • The $48 million logging industry restructure package announced last week will help support the regional economy to transition to a sustainable future. already in great peril.
  • The Red Gum decision will also diversify the regional economy through the creation of National Parks.
  • The Premier should consider Aboriginal Joint Management of new Parks to deliver socio-economic outcomes for local Aboriginal communities.
  • No credible government could stand by when thousands of hectares of internationally recognised wetlands are dying. The Labor government has distinguished itself from the opposition on this issue, maintaining its strong environmental record.
  • Urget the Premier to work with environment groups and Traditional Owners to finalise the reserve boundaries proposed by the Natural Resources Commission. Millewa Forest is an important icon, but ecological connectivity must be maintained along rivers such as the Murray, Edwards, Lachlan and Murrumbidgee.
  • River Red Gum is the single most important nature conservation issue in NSW today. Creating Red Gum National Parks will leave a legacy your government will be remembered for.