30 years of Namadgi and the ACT Parks and Conservation Service

Released 20/10/2014

Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today took part in celebrations to mark 30 years since the gazettal of Namadgi National Park and the associated creation of the ACT Parks and Conservation Service.

"Today is an important milestone in a long history of conservation in the ACT, the day when the National Park Association's campaign for 'a national park for the national capital' triumphed," Mr Rattenbury said.

"It was fantastic to be able to celebrate this milestone today and hear stories from guest speakers about the historical events and partnerships that have made Namadgi National Park and the ACT Parks and Conservation Service what they are today.

"For the last 30 years Namadgi National Park has helped protect the biodiversity of the ACT, preserving the habitats that our native flora and fauna depend on.

"If Namadgi was not declared a protected area we may not have the diverse bird and animal species, plant life, and Aboriginal and European cultural heritage sites that are present there today, so it is important to thank those that had the foresight to create Namadgi National Park.

"It was a 24 year campaign, from 1960 to 1984, that was well worthwhile, and since then a number of other achievements have been reached including the opening of the Namadgi Visitor Centre in 1990 and the expansion of the park in 1991 to its current size of 106,095 hectares which is almost 46% of the ACT.

"Namadgi National Park is managed by the ACT Parks and Conservation Service with involvement and collaboration from the Ngunnawal Aboriginal community, community groups, researchers as well as neighbouring rural landholders.

"As well as the 106,095 hectares of land which makes up Namadgi, the ACT Parks and Conservation Service protects and conserves over 70% of the ACT land area, protecting the ACT's natural and cultural resources and promoting recreational, educational and scientific uses of our parks and reserves. The dedication of its staff members, some who have been with the service for close to the 30 years it has been in operation, deserves much recognition.

"Our national park, nature reserves and nature parks offer remote wilderness experiences, a wide range of natural environments and an abundance of native wildlife. There are many reasons to get out in to the great outdoors, but with this year celebrating 30 years since the declaration of Namadgi, now is a great time to celebrate the wonderful landscape the ACT region has to offer," Mr Rattenbury concluded.

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