The Campaign for Royal’s Recognition Keeps Widening

We are surprised! Even we who are in executive position in the campaign for World Heritage Listing of Royal National Park keep being surprised – at times astonished – as research into early NSW’s history reveals very early moves to preserve wilderness areas in the colony founded in 1770.

Unexpected enlightenment! It prefigures the . . . → Read More: The Campaign for Royal’s Recognition Keeps Widening

Sydney’s Modern Ancient Treasure

When Phil Smith ran as Greens candidate for Heathcote at the March 2011 election he wanted to promote the Park, where he had regularly walked for thirty years. To learn more of it, he sought advice from ex-Park Ranger and Ecologist Bob Crombie.

Bob took him to special regions of the Park, outstanding scenery, . . . → Read More: Sydney’s Modern Ancient Treasure

The Push for Royal Recognition: Many Forces FOR – and One AGAINST

In just one year, the campaign for World Heritage Listing (WHL) has attracted wide support, has raised the money it will need, and has made strides towards its goal of recognition by the world.

In a major stride, it has secured the services of Australia’s top authority on national parks: Dr Geoff Mosley will . . . → Read More: The Push for Royal Recognition: Many Forces FOR – and One AGAINST

The Royal Campaign Widens

How easily simplicity vanishes! When we first looked at Royal a year ago as “First National Park” we thought that said it all. But now we’ve looked more deeply and we glimpse a more complex, richer picture.

While there’s no doubt ours is this continent’s first dedicated national park (1879), thoughtful supporters have asked . . . → Read More: The Royal Campaign Widens

Advances in Our Campaign

With the campaign enjoying unanimous expressions of support, we sent our reps to inspect the official books that won the day for World Heritage Listing of the Blue Mountains National Park (in 1998). This was instructive.

Major report. The key BMNP report was written by Dr Geoff Mosley, the recognised authority on Australia’s many . . . → Read More: Advances in Our Campaign

World spread of National Parks

Yes, our Royal was undoubtedly the first dedicated national park in Australia AND, we can claim, first in the world.

But, instead of being brashly nationalistic about this claim, let’s try more maturely to fit Australia’s achievement into the great world movement for national parks in the 19th century.

In other words, let’s make . . . → Read More: World spread of National Parks

Royal National Park as World Heritage

While tempted to wish my “local” park to be spared the extra visitor pressure that World Heritage listing will bring, I hope that the increased focus on its sustainable management will support the sharing of Royal National Park’s treasures by visitors from around the world. But it won’t be easy.

Already, walking tracks . . . → Read More: Royal National Park as World Heritage

The Royal: What’s special for me?

What’s Special for Me?

I had the universe to myself this morning. Blue sky, a multitude of butterflies and birds, including Black Cockatoos. A freshwater creek to die for. Shade and a good book.

The Royal affords me a chance to wander and ponder in the silence and beauty of its bush. A bush . . . → Read More: The Royal: What’s special for me?

Megadiversity of the Royal – and of the Sydney Basin

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What a big word megadiversity is! But no other will do to convey the riches Royal National Park has to offer.

Yes, Big/Great/Huge in its diversity. Most obviously its biological diversity, of plants, forests, insects, birds, and animals, but also of its landforms, rocks, soils, waters, views, rocky coastline and beaches and Aboriginal sites.

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What’s National in “National Park”?

Australia the “lucky country”? You bet we are! Despite quibbles over pros and cons, one huge stroke of luck has put us ahead of every other country on earth: we are a single nation, government, populace on an entire continent.

Yes, “bound by sea” and not chopped up by boundaries into separate nation-states that . . . → Read More: What’s National in “National Park”?