ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja and ACT Shadow Nature Conservation Minister Vicki Dunne announced today that if elected, a Canberra Liberals Government would inject $6 million into Canberra’s nature parks, hire extra rangers, and improve management by bringing all nature conservation functions into one Directorate. Mr Seselja said Canberra’s natural environment is one of our most precious assets, and the ACT Government’s approach to managing it should reflect this.
“The ACT has a magnificent natural environment, but after 11 years of ACT Labor, it is neglected and run down, to the point where park care groups fear this government will sell reserve land to fund their uncontrolled spending,” Mr Seselja said.
“The Canberra Liberals believe our natural environment creates many opportunities for preservation, conservation and tourism and I want to see our parks maximise those opportunities.”
A Canberra Liberals Government will commit $6 million to:
- Build the William Farrer Trail, a walking trail along the Murrumbidgee from Point Hut Crossing to the Namadgi Visitors Centre, linking the Bicentennial National Trail and the Australian Alps Walking Track, and improving other associated walking trails;
- Develop pack-based campgrounds in the more remote areas of Namadgi National Park; and
- Encourage scientists, school students, local visitors and tourists to study and enjoy our parks and reserves.
“We will also hire an extra five nature conservation rangers, review the Nature Conservation Act 1980, and bring all nature conservation functions into one Directorate,” Mrs Dunne said.
“A Canberra Liberals government would build our natural environment to one that thrives, conserving our natural heritage and generating opportunities for tourism and economic development.”