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Public wants resorts kept out of QLD national parks

Capricorn Conservation Council Co-ordinator Michael McCabe opposes the development of eco tourism resorts in National Parks.
Capricorn Conservation Council Co-ordinator Michael McCabe opposes the development of eco tourism resorts in National Parks. Chris Ison

ECO-TOURISM facilities should be developed outside national parks rather than allowing private tourism facilities inside Queensland's parks, according to Capricorn Conservation Coordinator, Michael McCabe.

Some of the state's high profile parks have low impact facilities outside the parks and Mr McCabe says this, combined with low impact camping should be the model for promoting and providing access to National Parks.

If passed, the proposed Nature Conservation Amendment Bill 2012 will allow private resorts on public land, including National Parks.

Mr McCabe says 75 submissions were made to the bill and 85% of these submissions opposed private tourism facilities being built in National Parks.

"The objectives of the proposed Nature Amendment Bill 2012 are in direct conflict with the cardinal principal for creating National Parks; namely to provide permanent preservation of an area's natural condition and the protection of cultural resources and values.

"Beautiful areas and threatened plant and animal communities would be at great risk if inappropriate or excessive human activity and associated infrastructure were allowed in National Parks," he says.

"This is the only land tenure in Queensland that ensures permanent protection of nature.

"Queensland already lags behind the rest of Australia with less than 5% of the State protected by National Park.

"If an eco-tourism operator has an ecologically sustainable and economically viable proposal, there are large areas outside NP boundaries which could provide facilities, base camps and cabins for guided walks or low impact 4WD tours into the Parks"

Mr McCabe says the CCC supports opportunities to improve human enjoyment and interaction with nature and has requested the opportunity to present the views of the community at public hearings in early 2013.
 

Topics:  capricorn conservation council, michael mccabe, tourism




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