Why is this important?
From Wilson’s Prom to the Grampians, from the Alpine National Park to the Otways, the Mallee and beyond, these places nourish our souls and protect our native animals and plants.
National Parks are some of the last havens of habitat for threatened and endangered native species.
In 2014, around $50 million a year was cut from Parks Victoria's budget by the Liberals. Labor has not restored this funding in full, meaning that since 2014, Parks Victoria is $168 million worse off than it would have been before the cuts.
This means infrastructure (like walking tracks and toilets) is run down or non-existent, many jobs for scientists and rangers have disappeared, and feral animals and weeds are running rampant.
We need an urgent increase in funding to Parks Victoria in the the 2018 Budget. Victorians treasure our national parks, and it's time our Treasurer did too.