Conondale National Park harbours one of Queensland’s most substantial forested areas and is home to an incredible range of plants and animals.
Articles in the February/March issue of Protected by President Graeme Bartrim and Tony Groom mention how experiencing aspects of nature can trigger an interest in conservation and may also provide real mental and physical health benefits.
Denis has researched the chequered history of indigenious rights and national parks. Here he reminds us that the ancient wisdom of Traditional Owners means they must be partners, if not leaders, in conservation.
“To me, we got our national parks not just because of legislation passed in parliament, but because we have had, and do have, people who treasure the idea that the stories and beauty around us exist not just for us, but for all the generations to come.”
The Chair of Tourism and Events Queensland, Brett Godfrey has a message: open up national parks for more ecotourism. This call is both exciting and terrifying, good and bad, hopeful and discouraging.