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July 14th, 2018 by admin

Scenic Rim to benefit from eco-tourism plan: Mayor

Bold: The state government has released its new ecotourism strategy, which includes a push to encourage developments in national parks like this wheelchair track (pictured) in Lamington National Park. Picture: Susie Cunningham.MAYOR Greg Christensen says Scenic Rim is better placed than anywhere in Queensland to take advantage of the state government’s new eco-tourism strategy.
Nanjing Night Net

Last week, the state government launched the Queensland Eco-Tourism Plan 2016-2020,which aims to kickstart growth in the sustainable eco-tourism industry andcreate a raft of new jobs.

The plan, unveiled to coincide with World Tourism Day, details the state government’s strategy to drive innovation in new eco-tourism experience in national and marine parks.

It also calls for an expansion of authenticIndigenousexperiences, investment in new and refurbished eco-tourism attractions anda major focus on repairing and sustainingthe Great Barrief Reef.

While unveiling the plan last week,Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles said balancingworld-class experiences in the state’s national parks and natural environment was “front and centre’ of the eco-tourismstrategy.

Cr Christensen said given itsnatural beauty and myriad of eco attractions, Scenic Rim would benefit from a new strategy to showcase what the region has to offer.

“There’s no point of having these great eco assets if there’s no way for people to access them in a controlled way,” he said.

“I think delivering a controlled access to these areas so we don’t allow them to be harmed is the critical piece.”

“When I look at some of the people already running eco-tourism operations in our area, it’s clear they are the ones that understand that balance,” he said.

Scenic Rim’s own Nightfall Wilderness Camp is featured in the plan as an example of a low-impact, environmentally sustainable experience that focuses on preserving and enhancing the environment and cultural values of the area.

In July, the state government gave the green light for the wealthy Spicers hotel group to move ahead with the first major eco-tourism project in a national park.

Cr Christensen said it was crucial that development in sensitive areas complimented the region and did not damage it in any way.

Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen has welcomed the state government’s new eco-tourism plan for 2016 – 2020.

“For me, what they’ve got right in the planis that we can’t do anything that will diminish the value of these resources,” he said.

“I think there is a huge footprint here for growththat is sustainable,not growth that destroys the asset but growth that let’s us grow and nurture the asset.”

“It’s similar to the conversation about poultry farms, they have a place but let’s make sure that place doesn’tdestroy the value of others around them.”

The first-term mayor said he viewed high-value eco-tourism sites like Cradle Mountain in Tasmania as perfect examples of eco-tourismdone the right way.

“I think we have the capacity to match that offering in every way in the Scenic Rim,” he said.

“It might be a bit of a different offering, but it’s a more powerful offering because it has the richness of the volcanic origins of the regionsand the whole green cauldron running along the southern rim.”

Ch Christensen said the state government willneed to invest time intoallaying concerns and promoting the benefits of eco-tourism in nature areas.

“My personal view is that if we spendtime sharing information and developing understanding, we can eliminate a lot of the concerns because concerns often arise from lack of information and understanding,” he said.

Shadow tourism minister and Beaudesert MP Jon Krause said he was cautiously optimistic about the state government’s strategy but expressed fears the Labor government would fail to implement what it was promising.

“My initial reaction was that is good to see the state government carrying on the initiatives started by the (previous LNP government), particularly in implementing eco-tourism in national parks which they opposed in opposition,” he said.

“Whether this strategy works or not will depend on how the government progresses developments, and hopefully the plandoesn’t just remain all talk and a nice glossy brochure whileno work happenson the ground.”

Mr Krause said the Scenic Rim had “terrific examples” of eco-tourism developments and was well-placed to take advantage of a well-structured eco-tourism strategy.

“But that’s all riding on the ability for the government to approve these developments within national parks and not letgreen activists getin the way of sensible, eco-tourism development,” he said.

“The state government does not have a good track record in this area.”

To view the eco-tourism plan visit梧桐夜网nprsr.qld.gov419论坛/tourism/ecotourism/strategies.html

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