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Changing Identities and Roles of National Parks


Nick Nolan, a PhD student from the University of Newcastle and member of the NSW NPA, is currently doing fieldwork for his cultural geography thesis on the changing identities and roles of national parks. His research is focusing on Kosciuszko National Park because there are a number of high-profile issues being debated there. These include disputes over the balance between conservation and recreation, the protection of wilderness areas, commercialisation, pest management, heritage preservation and bushfire management.


An important part of Nick’s research is talking to key stakeholders and park user groups to find out their perspectives on issues relating to the management and purpose of national parks. The four main themes that his research is examining are:

·      different understandings and values of the natural environment

·      the purpose of having national parks and wilderness areas

·      contestation of place meaning

·      public consultation and input into decision making for park management and planning.


He is currently living and working in Canberra, and he’d welcome your comments and opinions on what you value about national parks, and what you think about current national park management and policies. He’d also like to arrange a few face-to-face interviews with any members who have had a long involvement with Kosciuszko, or participated in the recent Plan of Management consultative process (community workshops, community forum, submissions etc).


If you’d like to contribute anything, his contact details are:


02 6282 0389 (ah) or 0405 696 826


Nick Nolan

3/5 Fitchett St Garran

ACT 2605


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