There are several reasons why local MP Anoulack Chanthivong was up early this morning to welcome to his electorate a group of walkers on their way to Mt Kosciuszko.
The walkers are part of the Save Kosci campaign, a 35-day, 560km, 790,000-step walk organised by community, conservation and bushwalking groups to highlight what they believe is the destruction occurring in the Kosciuszko National Park.
“The overwhelming response to my Stop the Squeeze survey and Hands off Hurlstone campaign demonstrates just how highly local residents appreciate the environmental value of green open spaces so I wanted to show my support for the Save Kosci walkers who won’t stand by as the Gladys Berejiklian and the Liberals trash our environmental heritage,’’ said the Member for Macquarie Fields after meeting the Save Kosci walkers at Glenfield station.
“I congratulate the committed Save Kosci walkers trekking all the way to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko and their supporters, and I wish them well as they travel through our patch here in Macquarie Fields,” Mr Chanthivong said.
The state government passed laws this year that Labor says jeopardise the fragile flora and fauna in Kosciuszko National Park, ignoring the science and the irreversible damage that unmanaged wild horse populations have done to the park and the unique threatened species that live there.
Mr Chanthivong says Labor opposed the laws and has committed to repeal them if elected to government in 2019.
He has also used the opportunity to again highlight the destruction of national parks that has occurred under the current government, including:
- cutting $121 million from the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) budget;
- sacking a quarter of all permanent national parks rangers since coming to office;
- refusing to support Koala National Parks to save koalas South West of Sydney and on the North Coast;
- allowing the flooding of 65 kilometres of the World Heritage-protected Blue Mountains National Park;
- proposing to overturn the Murray Valley National Park and allow logging of river red gum forests.
For more information on the walkers, the campaign and their stories go to https://savekosci.org/for-media/