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Hunt appoints NSW parks chief to replace Cochrane

Federal environment minister Greg Hunt has appointed Sally Barnes to replace Peter Cochrane as Director of National Parks.

Barnes is chief executive of the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage, with responsibility for the state’s parks, reserves and botanic gardens. In a statement announcing her appointment, Hunt lavished praise on her “strong customer focus” and track record in developing “strategic partnerships with tourism”.

Barnes also moved to close regional NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service offices, and cut jobs for scientific researchers, fire rangers and feral pest management officers. The NSW auditor-general delivered a scathing report in May on management of heritage sites in the state’s national parks and reserves. Some of the figures were startling—only 12 per cent of parks had heritage management plans, and a maintenance backlog for sites needing repair was estimated at around $30 million.

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