Australian Royal National Park - a Call for World Heritage Listing
The Royal National Park, South of Sydney
The Royal National Park
The Royal National Park is located just south of Sydney, New South Wales.
The Royal, as we Australians like to call it, was the first declared Australian National Park way back in 1879.
This was the around the same time as the world famous Yosemite and Yellowstone Parks were created in the USA.
The Royal was placed on the Australian National Heritage List in 2006.
The Royal was created to be the “lungs” between Sydney and Wollongong.
Map of the Royal
As you can see, here is a map of the Royal National Park and Garrawarra State Conservation Area.
Clearly indicating it's unique closeness to Sydney.
It is a diverse habitat of flora and fauna species.
Yet it is being encroached upon by development that threatens to not only harm it, but possibly endanger it from receiving a World Heritage Listing.
How can you have a World Heritage Listing when there is an Industrial site next to it, amongst the tributaries of the Hacking River which is the lifeblood of the Royal?
Despite both responsible Councils that share the Royal, Sutherland Shire Council in the north and Wollongong City Council in the south, a recent re-zoning by Wollongong Council has allowed the industrial area to remain.
This area was to have been E3 - Environmental Management and E2 - Environmental Conservation as recommended by the Wollongong Council planners, yet, at the behest of a Councillor of the Australian Liberal Party, he openly supported the industrial zoning at the Council zoning meeting as he had been a customer of the industrial landscaping business for over 35 years.
A conflict of interests, wouldn’t you say?
The Helensburgh Bottleneck
But, as usual, the Council could not see the folly of the Councillor, so he and his fellow political party councillors, along with a couple of the opposition got their way, hence the allowance of the over expanded industrial site into a pristine environmental area.
The Industrial Site Problem.
Industrial areas in the Hacking River Protected Catchment are not really a great idea to have next to an area up for a World Heritage Listing! But obviously not thought of back in the days it was allowed, though the Wollongong City Council did plan it to be E2 - Environmental Conservation in 2009, but was trounced on by two Councillors who had the E2 overthrown to allow this site to be there and seemingly, continued to expand.
Even land speculators, those that bought land outside the legal residential footprint of Helensburgh, the nearby suburb adjacent to the Royal, on the promise that they MAY be able to build a house one day, are also threatening the Royal.
There’s one vocal gambling speculator insisting that his land be allowed for residential subdivision because the place where his land is, is shown on a town subdivision plan way back in the 19th century!!
Well, I guess things change in a couple of centuries!
Hacking River Endangered
The Hacking River, Life Blood of the Royal National Park
The video above gives a good indication of how the Hacking River could be affected with siltation runoff in it's headwaters at Helensburgh.
How that polluted water, could also affect the Royal. Pretty hard to go for a World Heritage Listing when this could cause a "significant" impact to the biodiversity sensitive environment.
Time Lapse - Royal National Park Ride
Time Lapse - Royal National Park Ride
Hang on to your hat, here we go again at a persudo 700 kph ride from Gymea to through the Royal National Park, south of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia and ending up at Bald Hill, Stanwell Park Tops. A distance of about 35k in 5 minutes!!!
Motor bike guys eat your heart out!
Filmed in the special 120 degree widescreen process and special matte black the film is speeded up about 700 times...!!!!
Check out the new road trip of 450k in 19mins from Perisher Valley to Bulli in FULL THROTTLE on Youtube.
The Royal's World Heritage Listing Support Site.
- First National Park
This is where you can find out all about the Australian support for the Royal's World Heritage Listing. Have a squizz.
Scenic Sites in the Royal and Garrawarra
- Royal National Park | NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
A day trip or school excursion to Royal National Park in Sydney's south, will offer plenty of opportunities for barbecues, fishing, bushwalking, birdwatching and whale watching.
- Native animals | NSW Environment & Heritage
This gives you a link to the Native Animal Site from the NSW Environment and heritage Site. It will also show you the way to various other fascinating aspects. Explore at your leisure.
Rare Footage - Ringtail Possum in Daylight
Night Natives and Day Critters
Goanna - Walking on Walls
Blue Tongue - Up Close and Personal
Atlas of New South Wales Wildlife
- NSW BioNet | NSW Environment & Heritage
This is where you find out what species are endangered, vulnerable, etc, A unique look into keeping the records of sightings and areas within the Royal where the native animals live. Another enjoyable exploration.
Native Birds and Butterflies
Now presenting some of Australia's native birds and butterflies within the area of the Royal National Park and surrounding suburbs.
These are lovely birds, unique to Australia and we have basically come to the back door.
They like my place as I have no cats or dogs to attack them or scare them off. It's wonderful to feed them by hand, but interestingly, they really fight amongst each other for food!
Native Birds and Butterflies
Australian Satin Bower Bird Bower Building
Native Birds of Australia
Red Browed Firetail Finches
The Royal Surrounding
- Otford Eco
Protecting the environment, lifestyle and future of Otford, Helensburgh, Stanwell Park Tops, Garrawarra, Lilyvale and the Royal National Park. Here is a local website by the local community that gives you info on the local community issues.
The Wrap Up
So what can you do? Well, just check out the links and spread this Hub around.
Post a support comment.
In the end we may just have saved another part of our Earth for generations to come, so they can see it for real, and not in articles photographs and dvds.
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