'Bad case' for Coast listing

THE State Government needs to do a better job of managing its Fraser Island World Heritage area before talking about expanding it to include the Cooloola mainland, according to Gympie MP David Gibson.

He said that he and a delegation of Rainbow Beach and council representatives had told then-Environment Minister Andrew McNamara of community feedback that there would be no benefit from grouping Cooloola into Fraser Island.

“Since then we’ve seen the complete and utter incompetence of this mob to manage Fraser Island’s (existing) listing. The unique qualities which were the reasons for Fraser Island getting listed have not been protected and necessary resources have not been invested. They can’t manage the dingoes. They’ve failed to manage tourism. Walking tracks have been closed because they haven’t invested enough to keep them going. Before we talk about extending the Fraser Island boundaries, we should look at what they are doing on Fraser Island now.

“There is a better case for UNESCO to revoke Fraser Island’s World Heritage status at the moment rather than extending its boundaries to take in Cooloola.

“We all want to preserve our beautiful natural environment there but will World Heritage listing add anything or is it just the state interfering and mismanaging? Based on Fraser Island they don’t have a good track record,” he said.

Gympie Times


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