Spot on Euan,
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On 14/05/2013, at 1:10 PM, Euan Moore <>
> From an earlier post....
> "The former Labor Government in its final years acted to lock up some
> important natural areas as national park, such as the expanded Mapleton
> National Park in the Sunshine Coast hinterland - a lovely, bird-rich area of
> rainforest, wet sclerophyll and open forest."
> Please don't use the words "lock up" or similar when referring to national
> parks. This just plays into the hands of those who are opposed to national
> parks. Their standard argument is that national parks "lock up the park" or
> "lock out the public" when nothing is further from the truth. Only in
> exceptional circumstances is the public excluded from national parks. The
> great majority of national parks allow free and open access to anyone. We
> can all visit our national parks whenever we wish.
> Contrast this to private land, logging areas and mine sites where it is
> usually extremely difficult to obtain access. The use of the terms "lock
> up" and "lock out" by opponents of national parks is a form of newspeak used
> to denigrate the whole national park concept and all activities aimed at
> protecting the natural environment. The proponents of development wish to
> turn our national parks into areas where only they have access to do
> whatever they wish, i.e. lock up the area.
> Perhaps the sentence could have read "The former Labor Government in its
> final years acted to permanently protect some important natural areas as
> national park....".
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