Grazing in national parks would be 'worst thing to happen'
GREENS Senator Larissa Waters has called on the Federal Government to pull plans to hand over environmental powers to state departments following the NSW Governments decision to "trial" grazing in national parks.
Under the changes, announced by NSW Environment Minister Robyn Parker this week, graziers will be allowed into some red gum and cypress reserves until 2016.
Ms Parker said the trial would examine the "social, economic and ecological impacts and benefits" of grazing.
But Ms Waters described grazing as "destructive" and said giving state governments control over environmental laws would be "the worst thing to happen to Australia's environment in the last 30 years."
Federal Environment Minister Tony Bourke told the ABC the move was a "retrograde step" and he wanted to see the details.