Posted September 30, 2019 07:48:24The National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Fund (NPWF) is set to be established by the Abbott Government on Thursday, a move that could help fund the countrys first protected areas and safeguard some of Australias most threatened wildlife.
Key points:The fund would be funded by the introduction of the Government’s budget on ThursdayThe plan would see funds be raised through the introduction and renewal of stamp dutyThe fund, to be known as the National Parks Conservation Fund, is set for the introduction in September and will provide $1,215 million in annual funding to protect species including birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.
“We’re not going to have any national parks left in Australia.
It’s going to be a matter of time until the last one is gone,” NT MP Scott Ludlam told the ABC.
The NT Government has already announced the reintroduction of the NT Wildlife Sanctuary on the Gold Coast, but Mr Ludlam said the fund would help protect and restore species like the Australian kangaroo.
“There are a lot of species that have been extinct in the NT for a long time.
They’re all being hunted, and there’s no way of restoring them to the state they were in,” he said.”
That’s why the NPWF is important.
We need to get rid of the big predators, because the animals that are important for us to be able to have these great protected places, that are so important for the environment, we can’t have them.”
The NT’s Wildlife and Environment Minister Andrew Meagher said the Government had no plans to change its policies on reintroducing species.
“This will be a national park, not a national wildlife sanctuary,” he told the NT News.
“The NT Wildlife Conservation fund is designed to protect the species that we have that are already protected in our state.”
The Government has proposed introducing stamp duty on items imported into the NT from overseas, which would see the Government collect a levy on items from overseas.
“It will be an additional tax on items coming into the country from overseas,” Mr Meagher told the media.
“If we do have to introduce the stamp duty we are confident that it will work.”