Conserving the Territory : six stories for publication, prepared for N.T. Conservation Commission
by Wendy Kirke
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Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).
Conservation Commission of the Northern Territory; Administrative agencies -- Australia
1 volume (various paging) ; 30 cm.
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5 A FRESH LOOK AT PARKS CONT. Indeed, 'Parks are for People' is a popular catchcry. One only has to glance at the visitor records for Berry Springs, Howard Springs, Ayers Rock or Simpsons Gap to see why. People love parks. The need for public enjoyment, pleasure and recreation is increasing in our fast-moving, plastic age of high technology. 'Back to basics' is another cry reflecting the feelings of people. In this case, the very human need to get away from our mass production, our concrete jungles and the rush and burly-burly of life. There is something deep within each of us that at some time or other yearns to feel the earth, to experience the wonder of nature, and to sense the beauty and grandeur of the mountains. Sometimes it is terribly important to tune into the refreshing and natural world of plants and animals. Our parks and reserves make this possible. Certainly the increasing tourist industry in the Territory is largely built on this need. Park management is big business and public business. The more popular an area and the greater the number of visitors, of course the greater the need for careful park planning and management. Roads, picnic sites, formal fire places, strategically fenced off areas, walking tracks and the ma~y different forms of interpretation are all to do with park management, conservation of the area and helping the public enjoy the park experience. Management plans for parl~s and reserves are always made available to the public for general comment before their
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