National Parks and Wildlife Service (New South Wales)

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National Parks and Wildlife Service
NPWS NSW logo.svg
AbbreviationNPWS
Formation1967
Region served
New South Wales
Website https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) was a part of the Office of Environment and Heritage (New South Wales) - formerly the main government conservation agency in New South Wales, Australia. It is currently part of the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.

The New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), a former division of the Government of New South Wales between April 2011 and July 2019, was responsible for the care and protection of the environment and heritage, which includes the natural environment, Aboriginal country, culture and heritage, and built heritage in New South Wales, Australia. Until its abolition in 2019, the OEH supported the community, business and government in protecting, strengthening and making the most of a healthy environment and economy within the state. The OEH was part of the Department of Planning and Environment cluster and managed national parks and reserves.

New South Wales State of Australia

New South Wales is a state on the east coast of Australia. It borders Queensland to the north, Victoria to the south, and South Australia to the west. Its coast borders the Tasman Sea to the east. The Australian Capital Territory is an enclave within the state. New South Wales' state capital is Sydney, which is also Australia's most populous city. In September 2018, the population of New South Wales was over 8 million, making it Australia's most populous state. Just under two-thirds of the state's population, 5.1 million, live in the Greater Sydney area. Inhabitants of New South Wales are referred to as New South Welshmen.

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The NSW NPWS was established in 1967 when the Fauna Protection Panel and Reserves Branch of the Lands Department were amalgamated [1] under Lands Minister Hon. Tom Lewis AO. Lewis also establish the charity, National Parks Foundation to assist the NPWS raise funds for conservation. [2] The first Director of the NPWS was Sam P. Weems of the US National Park Service.

Tom Lewis (Australian politician) New South Wales politician and Premier

Thomas Lancelot Lewis was a New South Wales politician, Premier of New South Wales and minister in the cabinets of Sir Robert Askin and Sir Eric Willis. He became Premier following Askin's retirement from politics and held the position until he was replaced by Willis in a party vote. Lewis was first elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for the Electoral district of Wollondilly for the Liberal Party in 1957, and served until his resignation in 1978.

Duties performed by the NSW NPWS include:

  1. Wildlife Conservation
  2. Upkeep of Fire Trails
  3. Statistical Analysis of Species in Protected Areas
  4. Assistance to the New South Wales Rural Fire Service
  5. Mapping of protected zones
  6. Combat of salinity and soil erosion

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References

  1. Parliament of New South Wales (1967). "National Parks and Wildlife Act, New South Wales (1967)" (PDF).
  2. "About The Foundation". Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife.

See also

The National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 is the legislation passed by the New South Wales Parliament with the explicit intent of conserving their State's natural and cultural heritage; fostering public appreciation, understanding and enjoyment of their State's natural and cultural heritage; and managing any lands reserved for the purposes of conserving and fostering public appreciation and enjoyment of the State's natural and/or cultural heritage.