Local control over the future of Killalea State Park will disappear with the stroke of a pen following today’s announcement by the State Government that the Killalea Trust will be abolished in favour of the NSW Crown Holiday Parks Trust.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast, Gareth Ward MP made the surprise announcement earlier today.

Mr Ward’s media announcement is littered with the words “financial sustainability”, “cost savings” and the real killer – “no immediate changes to services”.

These are all weasel words from a Government which should send a shiver down the spine of all who love and hold dear the future of the Killalea State Park.

This announcement to sack the local Killalea State Park Trust in favour of a Newcastle-based agency will dismay many in the local community who enjoy the services and recreational facilities in the area.

This surprise announcement continues the arrogant agenda of the State Government, which simply has no regard for any community consultation.

Comments attributable to Anna Watson MP:

“This announcement means that local control over the future of the Killalea State Park now rests in the hands of a quango based in Newcastle.

“None of the people on the NSW Crown Holiday Parks Trust appear to have any connection with the Illawarra and the Killalea State Park.

“With the stroke of a pen, local representation through the Killalea State Park has been abolished.

“As with everything this Government plans, the devil will be in the detail on how the future of Killalea will managed.

“I think there will be plenty of local concern about this move within the local community.”


21 October 2016