Are we loving our national parks to death?

View of Palm Beach from Barrenjoey Headland. Photo by Wendy Frew

Are we loving our national parks to death?  Barrenjoey Headland at Palm Beach is a lovely pocket of wildlife and lighthouse heritage amidst suburbia. 

The headland is part of one of Australia’s oldest national parks, Ku-Ring-Gai Chase. It’s also in one of Sydney’s most affluent areas, the blue-ribbon seat of Pittwater. Ahead of what’s shaping up to be a tough state election in March, a National Parks and Wildlife Service proposal to commercialise parts of the headland has outraged locals. It could be a tipping point for some voters to turn away from the government.  

Reporter/Producer: Wendy Frew

Interviewees: Liberal Candidate for the seat of Pittwater Rory Amon; tourism operator and researcher Sonya Underdahl; NSW Shadow Minister for the Environment, Penny Sharpe.

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