New South Wales Government divided on reclassifying River Red Gum national parks as state forest

By Oliver Jacques
The Daily Advertiser
November 20, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The NSW Government said on Monday there are no plans to change the status of the Murray Valley National Park, despite Nationals’ member for Murray Austin Evan’s promise to introduce a bill to parliament to reclassify River Red Gum national parks as state forests. Just before the Murray by-election, Mr Evans committed to drafting a Private Members’ Bill that would allow the timber industry to resume logging of river red gums – large, single stemmed eucalypt trees located along the Murray river. …Nationals party leader and deputy premier John Barilaro on Monday threw his support behind Mr Evans going ahead with the bill – highlighting the division within the NSW Government on the Red River Gums issue. “As it currently stands, the Murray Valley National Park is a failure of policy”.

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