Andrew Woodward, Day Four

Key points
People of all ages are suffering a nature deficit disorder.
Children engaging with nature has many positive physical, mental and social benefits.
Bush walk: high ‘wow’ value.
Walk consisted of: Rainforest, dry forest, marine, bird and amazing geology.
It is unique to have such an experience next to a large city like Sydney
DPWS measures economic return of investment. Currently $1 = $3.25
Budget of $3 million plus. Fires and Fire suppression, infrastructure maintenance, pests and weed work, trail maintenance,
Protecting species through: 1. Fire management, 2. Animal counting 3. With institutes and academics
Hundreds of plant and animals under threat
Evening: local sanctuaries can conflict with DPWS views

Key new things
We need to treat the bush as someone’s home. Do you trash homes? No? Then don’t trash the bush.
Community split third ways between full access, balance and restricted access to national parks.
Surprised to see power lines across the park
Surprisingly small budget for DPWS
DPWS doesn’t have to play “god” on species protection through management techniques that give advanced warning.
Many species under threat.

Further investigation
Economic return of in park infrastructure

Summary thought
Today was all about people… Individuals sharing their passion for the environment in the hope others will pick it up and run with. While their passion is incredibly commendable, most in the wider community would see nothing compelling in it.

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