Rally opposes hunting in national parks

FED up with the erosion of protections in NSW national parks, the Sutherland Greens have organised a rally this Sunday, November 25.

The rally, which begins at 11am at Bundeena Reserve, will oppose new legislation allowing recreational hunting in national parks.

The Sutherland Shire Greens have joined with other enviro groups to organise a rally on Nov 25 against hunting in national parks. Picture John Veage

The Sutherland Shire Greens have joined with other enviro groups to organise a rally on Nov 25 against hunting in national parks. Picture John Veage

It will feature talks by NSW National Parks Association president Brian Everingham, Greens MP Cate Faehrmann and a union representative of national park rangers.

Andrew Castle, of Bonnet Bay, said the state government had consistently eroded national park protections since taking office.

"The Liberal state government's approach to our national parks so far is threatening biodiversity," Mr Castle said.

In addition to allowing recreational hunting in 79 of the state's national parks, Mr Castle said the government was considering a host of other damaging proposals, such as allowing horse riding in some national parks and approving a grazing trial in south-west NSW national parks.

"The state government is just continuing to tarnish its environmental reputation," Mr Castle said.

Greens MP Cate Faehrmann said Sunday's rally was about showing Premier Barry O'Farrell that people loved their national parks.

"I think Barry O'Farrell has underestimated how much people love national parks," she said.

"People don't want amateur hunters roaming around risking public safety and our native wildlife."

Are the Greens right, or should hunting be allowed?

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