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Greens MP and environment spokesperson Cate Faehrmann has said the government has every intention of permanently opening up some national parks to grazing and is being dishonest with the public by calling it a 'trial'.
"To call this a 'trial' is misleading the people of NSW. We can expect to see grazing continue in national parks whilever the National Party is part of the NSW government," said Ms Faehrmann.
"Under this government our national parks have become little more than playgrounds for hunters, horse riders and now cattle. What's next, 4WDs?
"The Environment Minister Robyn Parker seems to have completely missed the fact that her role is to protect and conserve the state's environment. Either that, or her voice carries absolutely no weight in Cabinet against the furious lobbying of National Party members who hate national parks.
"The National Party and some graziers have been lobbying for access to National parks for years. Just continuing all grazing that was permitted when these national parks were state forests has no scientific basis and flies in the face of responsible environmental management.
"The Environment Minister admits in her press release that this is a trade off between environment and "regional economies".
"If Robyn Parker and Barry O'Farrell understood the value of our parks for biodiversity, tourism and jobs, she'd be increasing protection for our parks, not trashing them.
"Robyn Parker wrote to me in March saying the government had no plans for a grazing trial anywhere in the state. This is yet another broken promise by the O'Farrell government and yet one more axe taken to our battered National Parks.
'Barry O'Farrell is killing off our national parks with 'death by thousand cuts'," said Ms Faehrmann.
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