Bob Brown Foundation is calling on the Gutwein government to return the Tasmanian National Parks and Wildlife Service to its former independence as a department. This follows yesterday’s announcement that the Environment Protection Authority is to be separated from Primary Industries.
“Environmentally-oriented National Parks and Wildlife looks after more of the state than any other bureaucracy, especially now it has been given governance of a large slab of former Forestry territory. And the fact that it is currently a subset of the commercially-oriented Tourism, makes for real conflicts of interest,” Bob Brown said today.
“The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, and the suite of other wonderful National Parks, are Tasmania’s future fame and fortune. But they need powerful management to protect the wild and scenic values which justify Tasmania’s world fame for naturalness. This cannot be guaranteed if the National Parks and Wildlife Service is effectively in the hands of vested interests. That is not in the public interest,” Brown said.