To:Victorian Environment Assessment Council
re: Prospecting in National Parks Inquiry
Date : 18 February 2013

The Environmental  Farmers Network is concerned that opening National Parks to gold fossicking will put at risk the health of water courses and affect water quality, much of which is destined for human consumption.  
Gold fossicking tends to concentrate in riverine areas and has been the cause of considerable disturbance and damage to the environmental values of many of our waterways.  Disturbance also damages native vegetation, particularly ground cover and encourages the growth of introduced weeds.
We believe National Parks should be reserved for passive pursuits and not put at risk for the benefit of a small group in our community who currently enjoy access to much of Victoria’s crown land.

Andrew Bradey (President)
Peter Forster (Secretary)

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