National Parks Act 1975

The objects of this Act are—

(a)  to make provision, in respect of national parks, State parks, marine national parks and marine sanctuaries—

(i) for the preservation and protection of the natural environment including wilderness areas and remote and natural areas in those parks;

(ii) for the protection and preservation of indigenous flora and fauna and of features of scenic or archaeological, ecological, geological, historic or other scientific interest in those parks; and

(iii) for the study of ecology, geology, botany, zoology and other sciences relating to the conservation of the natural environment in those parks; and

(iv) for the responsible management of the land in those parks;

(aa) to make further provision in respect of designated water supply catchment areas in national parks—

(i) for the protection of those areas; and

(ii) for the maintenance of the water quality and otherwise for the protection of the water resources in those areas; and

(iii) for the restriction of human activity in those areas for the purposes of subparagraphs (i) and (ii);

(ab) to make provision in respect of wilderness parks—

(i) for the protection, enhancement and management of those parks as wilderness so as to maximise the extent to which those parks are undisturbed by the influences of the European settlement of Australia; and

(ii) for the protection, preservation and evolution of the natural environment including indigenous flora and fauna and of features of ecological, geological, scenic, archaeological and other scientific significance; and

(iii) for the use and enjoyment of those parks by the public for inspiration, solitude and appropriate self-reliant recreation; and

(iv) for the study of ecology, geology, botany, zoology archaeology and other sciences relating to the environment in those parks;

(b) in respect of parks described in Schedule Three—

(i) to make provision, insofar as is appropriate to each such park, for the protection and preservation of indigenous flora and fauna and of features of scenic or archaeological, ecological, historic or other scientific interest; and

(ii) subject to such provision as is made under subparagraph (i), to make provision for the public to observe, experience or otherwise become acquainted in those parks with the countryside and rural skills activities and pursuits and for carrying on, in those parks and for those purposes, agricultural, horticultural, or other agrarian projects and botanical, biological, ecological, geological, zoological, or other scientific studies or projects; and

(c) to make provision in accordance with the foregoing for the use of parks by the public for the purposes of enjoyment, recreation or education and for the encouragement and control of that use.

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