Truss blasts heritage listing plan

THE Tin Can Bay army training area would be included in a State Government bid to have the Cooloola Coast included in the Fraser Island World Heritage Area.

Federal Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss this week took aim at the plan and called on the Queensland Government to guarantee it would provide the necessary funding to manage the proposed Cooloola Coast World Heritage Area before it proceeded with any plan to nominate it for World Heritage listing.

Mr Truss said the State Government had a bad record of demanding new World Heritage listings but then refusing to properly fund them.

“Next they locked the areas up, denying or restricting public access and limiting any tourism boom that could have come from it,” he said.

“If an application for the Cooloola extension to the Fraser Island World Heritage Area is made, the State Government must ensure that adequate funding is provided to build infrastructure and amenities to support visitors and tourists to the area,” Mr Truss said.

“Since Labor made the Great Sandy Region a national park, they have restricted access and made it harder to visit.

“The State Government’s funding and management of Fraser Island has been the subject of constant criticism.

“Who would want the same for the Great Sandy region?

“Community consultation has been poor and the state, on several occasions, rejected Federal Government funding offers because they would only do it their way.”

Mr Truss reminded the State Government that World Heritage Listing was not automatic.

“The nomination of the Great Sandy Region 20 years ago was rejected by the World Heritage Bureau. What is different now?”

He said it was amazing that it planned to include the Tin Can Bay army training area in its nomination for World Heritage listing at the same time as the Federal Government was about to begin a major upgrade of military activity on the site.

World Heritage listing does not of itself affect the tenure of the land listed nor alter its use.

Nomination of the Great Sandy Region 20 years ago was rejected ... what is different now?

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