Safety of parks is imperilled

THE state government’s broken promise not to turn our national parks into game reserves takes me back 45 years to when the Askin Coalition government set the highest national standards for nature conservation.They passed the National Parks and Wildlife Act in 1967 and established the first National Parks and Wildlife Service in Australia.At the time I was a young ranger in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and looking forward to a career in caring for our most treasured natural resources. This was my job for 25 years, including 10 years responsibility for our own Morton National Park.For 45 years the people of NSW have had a professionally managed national parks system with high quality recreational facilities and services. Our community has been educated and inspired about the values of our natural and cultural heritage and encouraged to get out there and experience the bush themselves. This was, of course, in the knowledge that the NPWS would look after them and make them feel safe when visiting our parks.The quality of our national parks is now imperilled, given that only 48 of our 799 parks will be exempt from amateur hunters and their blood sport. The public’s confidence of safety and enjoyment in our national parks will be eliminated by this shady deal between the Coalition, the Shooters and their friends.This is a total abandonment of the principle that hunting is not a recreational pursuit in national parks. Shooting and other forms of feral animal eradication is a serious and necessary job for professionals. How can the job of feral animal control be so blithely handed over to amateurs who get pleasure from killing animals?Their interest is not in eradicating ferals but in harvesting them. They wouldn’t want to eliminate the things they relied on for their pleasure would they? Or might they be inclined to target native animals if they run out of ferals?All this, of course, assumes that they’ll be unlikely to mistake a human for their targeted species.After all these years of thinking it is safe to visit our national parks, must we start being fearful about going anywhere near them?Shame on you Mr O’Farrell and your Coalition government for letting us all down with this lousy deal.T. Barratt,Bomaderry.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on 苏州美甲培训学校.