National Parks will open to the public free this month.
National Parks will open to the public free this month. CONTRIBUTED

Celebration of national parks

THE NSW Government is opening all national parks for free on November 15 and 16 to mark the 40th anniversary the National Parks and Wildlife Act.  

The Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, said the fee free weekend was a celebration of legislation that was crucial in protecting NSW's natural and cultural heritage as well as our unique wildlife.  

"Next weekend will be a great opportunity for families across NSW to take advantage of the fee free weekend to explore our National Parks for a picnic, a walk or simply to drive through," Mr Fraser said.  

"The NSW Government has provided an additional $40 million to maintain our parks, enhance education and improve access.  

"We have created nine parks and provided $62.5 million to increase hazard reduction in national parks, including the employment of 94 additional fire-fighters."  

Environment Minister Rob Stokes said NSW has grown its parks system from only one per cent of the total state in 1967 when the National Parks and Wildlife Service was first established, to 9 per cent of the state, or more than 7 million hectares.   

"It's fitting that such an important milestone coincides with the World Parks Congress, where more than 4000 delegates from around the earth are here in Sydney to discuss how to best to manage our world's protected areas," Mr Stokes said.



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