New South Wales’ Premier Barry O’Farrell announced on Wednesday, that 79 national parks and reserves will be opened to recreational hunters. This has raised the ire of hikers all over the state.

Geoff Mallinson, a hiking blogger from the NSW Central Coast, has teamed up with Matt from Wild Walks, and the National Parks Association of NSW, to start a campaign against the plan. They have created a website about the issue, and are asking residents of NSW to write to their local ministers.

I won’t say too much about the issue here, since the reasons to object are well outlined on the campaign website. Head over there now to read about it, and use the form and draft letter to send your objection. You might also like to check out the lively discussion that is currently happening on the Bushwalk Australia forum.

UPDATE: A page to assist people from other states in voicing their objections has now been added to the website.

Any comments are welcome (below) but this really isn’t the place for debate. Instead, make sure you check out the links above.

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