Berejiklian must protect Royal National Park

In Parliament | 14.06.17

NSW Labor today demanded that the Liberal State Government give a guarantee that they will protect the world famous Royal National Park loved by generations of Australians – as part of its F6 Extension plans in next week’s budget. 

The Berejiklian Government must also provide details on how many homes in the Sutherland Shire will be affected. 

Fairfax media reports today that the NSW Liberal-National Government is considering taking 60 hectares of Royal National Park to undertake the F6 Extension. 

NSW Labor is describing the plans as “lazy” and similar to the Liberal’s environmental vandalism which occurred on Anzac Parade with the historic 100 year-old trees. 

The Royal National Park is 151-square-kilometres in area and is the second oldest national park in the world - after the American Yellowstone national park. It was proclaimed on April 26, 1879. 

Quotes attributable to Acting Opposition Leader Michael Daley 

“Gladys Berejiklian has got to be kidding. She’s happy to spend three or four billion dollars on a tunnel to the northern beaches so that no one’s homes or parklands are affected but when it comes to the people of Sydney’s south they get a choice between bulldozing over 400 homes or gouging a large part out of Australia’s most iconic national park. 

“Message from the people of southern Sydney to Gladys Berejiklian: “No way Gladys, go back to the drawing board.” 

Quotes attributable to Shadow Roads Minister Jodi McKay 

“This is the first time that I have ever heard of the F6 extension including slashing and cutting down big chunks of the Royal National Park. 

“The community has a right to know. The Premier Gladys Berejiklian and the Roads Minister Melinda Pavey must come clean.” 

Quotes attributable to Shadow Environment Minister Penny Sharpe 

“The Royal National Park was NSW’s first national park and it must be protected for future generations - not be cut up for a motorway. 

“The NSW Liberals and Nationals have declared war on the environment and are winding back the achievements of the Wran and Carr eras.” 

Quotes attributable to Labor’s Candidate for Heathcote Maryanne Stuart 

“The Royal National Park can’t be touched. I call on the Government to rule this out immediately and I will continue to fight this destructive plan.”