Victoria’s national parks given added protection
Tuesday 15 September 2015
Developers can no longer ask for 99-year leases in national parks under legislation introduced today by the Victorian Government.
This reverses a move by the previous coalition state government that invited and encouraged operators to apply for development opportunities in our finest national parks.
"The Victorian National Parks Association welcomes this move, which encourages respect for our greatest natural areas," the association's Phil Ingamells said today.
"Leases extending to 99 years were effectively private land grabs.
"Victoria is already the most cleared and developed state in Australia. Our national parks offer an important respite for Victorians - a chance to experience nature away from the bright lights and traffic.
"Importantly, all of our national parks are already within easy reach of hotels and bed and breakfasts on private land nearby.
"The ready access Victorians and visiting tourists have to our parks means they contribute more than $1 billion annually to the state economy.
"They also contribute greatly to the health and wellbeing of the community.
"And, importantly, they help protect our 500 million-year-old natural heritage of countless native species and the natural areas they live in," Mr Ingamells said.