The Great Forest National Park ReportAn analysis of the economic and social benefits of the proposed Great Forest National Park
The Great Forest National Park
This report breaks down the benefit that can reasonably be expected to eventuate from the development of the Great Forest National Park. It breaks these benefits down across 5 categories.
The GFNP will provide habitat and conservation areas for near extinct wildlife and plants including the Leadbeater’s possum, Sooty Owl, Powerful Owl, Yellow-bellied Gliders, Greater Gliders and the Smoky Mouse.
Water catchment protection:
The proposal will provide for the protection of the water catchments of Melbourne, LaTrobe and the Goulburn Murray regions.
Tourism and ecotourism
The proposal has the capability to encourage tourism and eco-tourism, which already provide a good return to the state, and provide economic stimulation to multiple types of businesses and communities.
Benefit to the climate
The reduction of native forest logging and sequestration of carbon in old growth forests left standing will benefit the climate and can be considered a positive step towards action on climate change.
Cultural and social values:
The proposal would provide for better health of local communities, both physically and mentally, as well as respecting the cultural values of many indigenous Australians, especially those local to the areas.
Who prepared this report?
The report was prepared by Hamish Scully as part of the Parliamentary Internship Program.
The report by numbers