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WHAT DO PARKS MEAN TO YOU? NOW IS THE TIME TO SPEAK UP!

Territory Parks are an integral part of our lifestyle.

Until 15 October 2021, you have the opportunity to shape the future of our parks and reserves for the next three decades.

The NT Parks and Wildlife Commission are developing a thirty-year Parks Masterplan to outline a vision and strategy for managing parks from 2022 to 2052.

If you care about the future of our wildlife and iconic places, then now is the time to speak up.

Environment Centre NT, along with the Arid Lands Environment Centre, holds concerns about the framing of the Masterplan and the sidelining of some very important issues.

In recent years, we’ve seen a shift by the NT Government away from conserving the wildlife and biodiversity in our parks, towards their economic development.

Our natural places are under threat. We know that over the next thirty years of this Masterplan, these beautiful places will face accelerating threats from climate change, especially more frequent hot and damaging fires.  Significant weeds like highly flammable gamba grass and buffel grass will, if unchecked, continue to spread through our parks and reserves, drastically altering our native woodlands and desert habitats Our parks are protected areas and play a pivotal role in biodiversity conservation, yet this not prioritised in the consultation paper.

Our tourism industry will be in dire straits if park management programs are under-resourced and neglected. If we are to keep attracting visitors to our parks and reserves and protect our lifestyle for future generations, we must invest sufficient funding and personnel in protecting the natural values of these places. The consultation paper places great significance on activating business and economic opportunities. It fails to acknowledge that you can’t market a park when its ecosystems are collapsing.

Our parks need well-funded programs and more rangers to do their job, so our iconic places can survive and thrive into the future.

Draft your own submission here and check out our video here for guidance or sign our online submission now.

Speak up before 15 October 2021.