Lee Evans Member for Heathcote welcomes the announcement by Hon. Robyn Parker the Minister for Environment that the NSW Government is moving to nominate the Royal National Park, Heathcote National Park and the Garawarra State Reservation Area for World Heritage listing.
“Incredible amount of research, time and effort has gone the preparation of the submission for this nomination by a group of residents in Heathcote Electorate who passionately care for our National Park” Mr Evans said. The Hon Robyn Parker said The Royal National Park was the first national park to be declared in Australia in 1879, only the second in the world and is the most visited national park in NSW.
“The park was added to Australia’s National Heritage list in 2006 and the NSW Government is excited to start the process of nomination for World Heritage listing”
Mr Evans said nominating areas for World Heritage listing is a collaborative process between the Australian Government and the states, so the Hon. Robyn Parker Minister for Environment is in the process of seeking the support of the new Australian Minister for Environment, the Hon. Greg Hunt.
“I’m proud to support this nomination for the incredible park that covers a landscape of 16,000 hectares with a wide variety of habitats that support hundreds of plant and animal species.”
“I encourage people to visit the Royal National Park to experience the rich natural and cultural history. Australia’s oldest national park is a prime location for bushwalking, picnics and whale watching.”
“I am looking forward to seeing the Royal National Park receive the prestige and honour it deserves” Mr Evans said.