Lime Kiln Bay Sewer Overflow
Dharawal National Park
A twenty year campaign was undertaken by catchment groups in the upper Georges River to proclaim a National Park. Led by groups like National Parks Association Macathur Branch, it was a long hard struggle until a catchment conference was held in Campbelltown with shadow environment spokesperson, Ms Catherine Cusack as a panelist.
Ms Cusack brought along Mr Mark Coure, prospective Liberal candidate for the state seat of Oatley. Mr Coure saw value in the proposal and enlisted several state candidates, councils and the state council of the Liberal Party to make the National Park proposal Liberal Party policy for the approaching election.
In the meantime, a letters campaign commenced in various local newspapers. Botany Bay and Catchment Alliance leading the campaign in the St George and Sutherland Shire Leader with the National Parks Association, Southern Sydney Branch and Georges River Environmental Alliance.
One of the first undertakings by newly elected Premier, Mr Barry O’Farrell, was a visit to the proposed national park and a commitment through environment minister, Ms Robyn Parker, that the Park would be proclaimed as soon as the mining leases issue was resolved.
This took place within the first term of the O’Farrell State Government and Robyn Parker MP held a special day on 1st October 2013, to showcase the new Park. The Minister paid special tribute to the band of committed people who had worked tirelessly for the Park’s creation. The Park was proclaimed to the centre of the earth, thus excluding coal mining and coal seam gas mining below it.