Skip navigation

Save Our Parks

profile image
Ellen Sandell
State MP for Melbourne
12 October 2018

Victoria's National Parks are under threat, Parks Victoria Board must change focus and hunting must be banned, say Greens.

The Victorian Greens will appoint a new Parks Victoria Board with more members having environmental, conservation or indigenous knowledge and expertise as part of a plan to better protect Victoria's most valuable natural assets.

The Greens would also reverse Labor's terrible decision to allow hunting in the Alpine National Park, end logging and create new national parks as well as increase funding to Parks Victoria.

The pledge is part of the Greens' Save our National Parks campaign. The Liberals cut funding for Parks Victoria in 2014 and the Andrews Labor Government has not restored funding to required levels, meaning our National Parks are overrun with weeds and invasive species, visitor centres are closed and staff morale is low.

The Greens' pledge also includes $40 million to buy, restore and protect rare and important habitat on private land through Trust for Nature.

Importantly the Greens would also create more National Parks, starting with the Great Forest National Park and Emerald Link, and end native logging in Victoria.

Quotes attributable to Victorian Greens spokesperson for the environment, Ellen Sandell

"Our National Parks are under threat from weeds, invasive species and neglect. Now the Andrews Labor Government wants to allow hunters into our National Parks, which is a terrible decision. The Andrews Labor Government has not restored the funding cut by the Liberals and Dan Andrews also has the worst record when it comes to new park creation in the last 50 years."

"The Parks Victoria Board is stacked heavily with people with a background in tourism and economics, and has very few people with conservation or biodiversity expertise. No wonder we're losing habitat and are in an extinction crisis.

"The trend of successive state governments failing to understand the value of the state's environments must come to an end. These places are special, they need protecting, and we owe it to future Victorians to preserve these natural wonders before even more species go extinct."

profile image
Ellen Sandell
State MP for Melbourne
12 October 2018




MEDIA RELEASE: Greens fear Government is setting new 'Arden' precinct up to fail

The Victorian Government today released the final Arden Structure Plan, for a new precinct in inner city Melbourne that the State Government says will be home to 15,000 residents and 34,000 employees by 2050.


Let’s think about a big vision for post-COVID Melbourne

The pandemic has been tough for the Melbourne CBD and it may have changed the way we use the CBD forever. So what do we do? 


Local schools and other Melbourne Budget winners

I've just come out of the Victorian Budget lock-up and I wanted to let you know what today's budget means for our electorate of Melbourne.


Standing up for our local schools

For the past three years, I've been working with a group of parents to get more State Government funding to fix Kensington Primary. We’ve made some serious headway and have secured funding for urgent works, like cleaning up mould and building wheelchair accessible ramps. But a lot more needs to...