The Minister for Environment, Dr Steven Miles MP announced a significant expansion of Queensland’s protected area estate today, which includes three new national parks. NPAQ welcomes the QLD Government’s decision to add 366,000 ha to our protected area estate.
Protecting Australia’s valuable conservation areas, including the world-renowned Great Barrier Reef and Queensland’s magnificent national parks, requires long-term thinking. Alas, in Australian political circles, something is amiss.
The lead article in the Courier Mail titled “We’re Going Totally Wild” deserves some consideration. Queensland is endowed with wonderful national parks, the prime purpose of which is to preserve the plants and animals that are contained within. NPAQ fully supports the notion that that national parks are important for humans but believes activities should be compatible with the purpose of nature conservation.
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.