In response to the article "We're going totally wild" and comments by Mr Brett Godfrey CEO of Tourism and Events Queensland (The Courier Mail 23/12), NPAQ has expressed our concern (published CM 29/12)of the risk to Queensland biodiversity by focussing on our national parks as assets that must be further developed as opportunities to boost Queensland tourism.
Protecting our irreplaceable places
National parks protect our natural heritage - a magnificent spectrum of spectacular landscapes and unique wildlife.
National parks connect us to our country, our land. They contribute to bridging the gap between the traditional peoples and those who have come after. They provide a place of refuge from our fast-paced and often stressful lives; and are invaluable in counter-balancing the urban life.
National parks are the last bastion for conservation, and are critical to conserving our unique biodiversity and saving threatened species in decline. They protect the irreplaceable. National parks protect areas that are most critical in preventing extinctions of some the world's threatened mammals, birds and amphibians.
National parks protect nature's beauty and diversity. They can be places of pilgrimage, places of resounding silence or indescribable brilliance, places where we can feel an integral part of the natural world. Places where we re-create ourselves.
National parks show us that nature can be valued just for itself, quite separate from any end it serves.
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Right now the Queensland Government is actively pursuing proposals from developers to put commercial tourism facilities inside our national parks. This must be stopped – national parks were not created for the commercial gain of private companies. National parks belong to all of us, for all time.
The National Parks Association of Queensland (NPAQ) is calling on the Queensland Government to reject a proposal to revoke nearly 40 hectares of national park on Lindeman Island, in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, as part of a tourist resort expansion.
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