My name is Darren Edwards and I love the Aussie wilderness. I started exploring our stunning parks and remote areas to escape from the real world. To connect with nature, switch off from technology and the hustle and bustle of life. The further I explored, the more I could see that the world I was trying to disconnect from was increasingly invading these natural spaces.
The goal of National Parks is to protect natural beauty, biodiversity, and ecosystems, and to promote scientific research, education, and recreation. National Parks Act Preamble (Authorised Version No. 174) ‘WHEREAS it is in the public interest that certain Crown land characterized by its predominantly unspoilt landscape, and its flora, fauna or other features, should be reserved and preserved and protected permanently for the benefit of the public.
However, the attraction of tourist dollars for land managers means that many National Parks in Australia are now the focus of economic benefits rather than conservation of these important and often fragile ecosystems. National Parks are being viewed by Government, Land Managers, and Tourism bodies as self-funding assets, meaning they are expected to generate serious revenue to support park operations, and to contribute to local economic development, major infrastructure development, local employment, and tourism.
Australia’s National Park managers are under increasing pressure from tourism and commercial operators to look for private sector funding to develop commercial infrastructure projects within National Parks. State governments are not just accepting applications, they are actively seeking them through Expressions of Interest.
Something needs to be done to protect our Wilderness areas and National Parks for future generations to enjoy. We need to come together under one united NATIONAL voice to stop commercial developments in OUR National Parks once and for all.
Keep it Wild Australia is an initiative I started in the hope that together, we can make a difference.