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TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland
Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House that we strongly object to the construction of tourist facilities in Queensland national parks because:
1. It is privatising sections of national park. They are community assets primarily set-aside for biodiversity protection. There should be low-impact public access to national parks.
2. There has been a lack of consultation and engagement. First, there should be a strategic plan for protected area growth and management, including its value to the tourist industry.
3. This is a Conflict of Interest. The Government is partnering with commercial interests, when it is meant to be conserving national park biodiversity.
4. The Government is inappropriately offering public funds to develop infrastructure on public land, to support private interests.
Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to call upon the Premier and Minister for Environment to:
a) Withdraw the EOI and do not issue approvals for construction of tourist facilities in national parks.
b) Conduct a consultation and engagement process with industry, conservation partners and the public to formulate a strategic plan for protected area growth and management incorporating tourism.
c) Provide evidence that tourist facilities will not compromise national park biodiversity and provide data for examples of successes.
d) Provide an assessment of the long-term economic benefits and opportunities of well managed low-key access to national parks.
e) Explain how the Government will manage the competing priorities of biodiversity conservation, job generation and tourist visitation, and what weighting is given to each.
Kathy Sheahan started this petition to Executor Director - Stakeholder Engagement Steve Keating and 3 others
The Queensland Government has recently released a call for Expressions of Interest from private businesses to provide eco-tourism developments in 3 places on the Thorsborne Trail on Hinchinbrook Island.
These companies are also invited to provide commerical activities, tour guides and equipment hire. Hinchinbrook Island has one of the most diverse,beautiful and pristine environments and is renowned as one of the top 10 bushwalks in the world. It caters for self reliant walkers from all over Australia and the world who come to experience the untouched beauty of this island.
The proposed site is the largest island national park in Australia and is located within the world heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Parks. .National Parks are established by the state, funded by the state, managed by the state and they are for the people of the state NOT private enterprise.
Please sign this petition to fight commercialisation of the Thorsborne Trail.
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