I’m writing to ensure as many people as possible can know about the private development threat that now bears upon our National Parks in Queensland, and have the chance to make their views on it known before it occurs, rather than later when nothing can be done to reverse an unacceptable situation.
The fundamental purpose and use of our National Parks has been to conserve nature as a public asset, for public benefit. Allowing private tenure and accommodation within our Parks would put this current primary function into direct contest with the demands of private commerce. This contest can only diminish both nature and public equity. It is simply unacceptable to make this massive change without public consultation. Yet that is what the State Government is now doing.
The plan to put private development leases and private luxury accomodation into Cooloola National Park is close to hitting the ground. It will impact upon some of the most sensitive and publicly significant sites within the Park. These sites have been chosen for the value they add to the commercial product, in negligence of the impact these sites would suffer. This exemplifies the contest, described above, that nature never wins. Only 5% of the State is gazetted as National Park. How is it reasonable to take this un-winnable contest into the relatively tiny areas that now protect Nature from it?
Visit www.protectparks.net for description of the proposal and its impacts.
If you do not like this proposal please sign the petition that is linked prominently on the site's pages. The direct link is:
This petition is registered with the Qld. Parliament and is open only to Qld residents. It closes very soon - Friday Feb. 11. Please act soon.
Another petition has just opened at:
This is new petition is open to everyone. It will be linked on the Protect Parks website when the other one closes.
Please sign both if you object to this development proposal.
Please also pass this message on to your contacts via email or social media.