Something for bird-photographers to note

To: Syd Curtis <>, birding-aus <>
Subject: Something for bird-photographers to note
From: Michael Todd <>
Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2005 16:34:13 +1100
Hello Syd and others,

National Parks in the urban areas, may not need to advertise to get the public through the gates (there I go with the Theme Park analogy again). They do however have a bit of a public relations problem particularly in the country. I think they need all the positive advertising (possibly a bad word to use) that they can get. Conservation is still very low on the agenda politically.

National Parks bashing is unfortunately a national pastime in the bush. I don't know how many times I've heard the moniker, National Sparks and Wildlfire Service. Just look at the recent protest from the Rural Fire Service about the perceived lack of hazard reduction in national parks across NSW.

Personally, I think that as a general rule National Parks departments throughout Australia do a tremendous job with limited often deplorable funding, I just don't know that heading down a user-pays system will do anyone any good in the long run. If the general public doesn't appreciate the importance of our national parks system and of conservation in general then the governments of Australia will continue to see them as an easy target for funding cutbacks.



Michael Todd Wildlifing Images & Sounds of Nature Toronto, NSW, Australia 04101 23715

Syd Curtis wrote:

Trouble is, there's a basic flaw in this argument that negates it:  National
Parks have no need to advertise!   Quite the contrary, in fact.  A major
problem (THE major problem?) faced in park management is coping with the
effects of over-use.


From: Michael Todd <>
Organization: Wildlifing
Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2005 16:45:31 +1100
To: Syd Curtis <>
Cc: Robert Inglis <>, 
Subject: Re: [BIRDING-AUS] Something for bird-photographers to note

Mick wrote (in part):
My feeling on this issue is that if a photographer was to sell
photographs that have been taken in a particular national park then this
is the best form of advertising for the good job that the National Parks
is doing at conserving nature. It is in a way a recommendation and an
affirmation for how important National Parks are, and it is encouraging
people to take an interest in nature and in National Parks in general.

The idea of charging for this free advertising is ludicrous in my

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