O’Sullivan condemns the creation of a great forest national park

Last week in parliament, The Nationals Member for Northern Victoria Luke O’Sullivan criticised the Labor Government’s continued push to create the great forest national park by stealth.


In his speech, Mr O’Sullivan moved that the Legislative Council condemn the creation of a great forest national park in Victoria, citing a list of reasons the proposal for the great forest national park should be rejected.


Referencing the Heyfield mill, Mr O’Sullivan said when the mill’s timber supply was slashed, putting hundreds of jobs at risk, it was clear the Andrews Labor Government was prepared to push ahead with creating the great forest national park by stealth.


“The great forest national park would destroy Victoria’s timber industry, putting 40,000 direct and indirect jobs the sector creates at risk,” Mr O’Sullivan said.


Mr O’Sullivan also noted the Labor Government’s failure to manage the National Parks that Victoria already has, citing pest and weed management as issues facing current National Parks.


“The current National Parks do not have the appropriate resources to be managed properly,” Mr O’Sullivan said.


Mr O’Sullivan also cited safety concerns as one of his reasons for opposing the creation of the great forest national park, with the cessation of logging in the area increasing the likelihood of bushfires.


“The creation of a great forest national park would highly increase the threat of bushfires around the outer north eastern suburbs of Melbourne, putting lives and property at risk.


“With The Greens winning the seat of Northcote on the weekend, I fear that Labor will try to out green The Greens and introduce a range of policies that will be disastrous for regional Victoria.” Mr O’Sullivan said.

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