Find out about “ecotourism” and NPAQ’s response to it.
The Queensland Protected Area Strategy 2020-30 was released Saturday 3 October 2020, three days before the Queensland Government went into pre-election caretaker mode. Find out the details here.
The Federal Government seems intent on pushing through significant changes to the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiveristy Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) without a full debate on the impact of the proposed changes.
The Wangetti Trail Proposal plans to introduce mountain biking and private accommodation (new activities/impacts) into Macalister Range National Park and the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. NPAQ does not support access for activities that are incompatible with the purpose of national parks, which is the conservation of nature as enshrined in the Nature Conservation Act 1999 (Qld).
Queensland is missing out on new national parks due to chronic underfunding. Five Queensland conservation groups have identified 175 properties with very high biodiversity value that could have been bought and protected since 2015, but were not, because the Queensland government has not budgeted for new national park acquisitions to service it’s 2015 promise to greatly expand parks and other protected areas.
While there can be differing views about the costs and benefits of private (commercial) development in national parks, there is no dispute that the community should have a say regarding any private development on national park.
Queensland’s leading conservation organisations have released a new report into the Queensland Government’s continuing failure to invest the resources needed to meet its own targets for new national parks and protected areas for wildlife.
NPAQ has joined with Queensland’s leading environment groups to warn that Queensland’s status as the most wildlife-rich state in Australia is now seriously at risk, and immediate action is needed to grow and better manage the state’s protected areas and national parks.
NPAQ believes accommodation should be located outside national parks to protect their natural value. We are concerned that this proposal will use taxpayers money to support commercial eco-tourism that could undermine our national park system.