Lindeman Islands National Park under threat
We are currently facing one of the greatest threats to Queensland national parks in recent years.
A proposal is currently before the Queensland Government regarding the redevelopment of the Lindeman Island derelict resort– closed since being battered by Cyclone Yasi in 2011. The proposal includes revocation of part of the national park on Lindeman Island.
Chinese developers White Horse Australia Lindeman Pty Ltd propose the revocation of 36.9 ha of national park land as part of a multi luxury resort complex on Lindeman Island. They are proposing 325 suites and villas, upgrades to the golf course, expansion of the dam and airstrip and more. The proposal also includes a specific authority over 9.473 ha of national park for private commercial use as a glamping facility. This development would significantly increase the land use intensity on the island within the Great Barrier Reef. (View the Lindeman Great Barrier Reef Resort Project draft EIS here)
Within the complexity of tenure arrangements and questions over the conservation value of the land involved, it is clear the national park would be reduced by 31 ha.
Key aspects of the proposed revocation are:
- 36.931 ha proposed to be revoked from national park and added to perpetual lease, with 5.919ha of this land to be subject to a Nature Refuge Agreement.
- 9.406ha of national park currently subject to a term lease to be surrendered to national park – this lease expires soon and the conservation values are debateable.
- 5.299ha of existing perpetual lease to be dedicated as national park, at a later date and following construction works.
The land proposed for revocation is currently nearing the end of its 30-year tourism lease on national park (due to expire 31 October 2019). The lease was granted by the Joh Bjelke-Petersen Government for the development of a golf course, following the failure of the State Government’s bid in 1986 to sell off 605 ha of national park to developers.
If this proposal goes ahead, it sets a precedent that national park land is up for sale; and that past poor decisions, can result in eventual removal from the national park estate. National parks do not exist to provide a land bank to other land uses and private profit.
Regardless of the expiring tourist lease over this section of national park, revoking national park land for private development and commercial gain is unacceptable!
Selling pieces of national parks to investors for development, undermines the very essence of our national parks – the conservation of nature. National parks are too precious to lose!
National parks are under siege (Open Media Release here)
Protected areas are under siege yet their preservation is essential, as they are critical to conserving our unique biodiversity and saving threatened species in decline. Selling off parts of of national park here and there, opens the door to widespread acceptance of development in protected areas. It is the thin edge of the wedge. Queensland's protected area is smaller, on a percentage basis, than most Australian states, despite greater species diversity, so we need expansion of the national park estate, not reduction.
This revocation of national park on Lindeman Island must be stopped to send a clear message to government that we will not stand for the loss of our precious national parks. It is not only Lindeman Islands National Park at risk - the national parks on South Molle Island and Brampton Island could soon be facing similar threats. If this proposal goes ahead, it may set a dangerous precedent and we will have an even harder time protecting the other island national parks threatened in upcoming proposals.
As far back as 1948, NPAQ has been protesting inappropriate tourist leases on Queensland national parks islands and this is not the first time Lindeman Islands National Park has faced the threat of revocation to a private company. In 1986 NPAQ stood up against a proposal to revoke 605 additional hectares of national park land for commercial purposes on Lindeman Island. That proposal was defeated and we will defeat this one too. But we need your help to do so.
What you can do:
Please take a few minutes to lend your support. You can help us: Sign the e-petition, Write or phone the Minister, Send a submission to the Coordinator-General (details below), or make a donation to NPAQ.
Help protect Lindeman Island – the fast and easy way:Sign the e-petition to the Queensland Parliament, if you are Queensland resident.
Help protect Lindeman Island – take 10 minutes to:Write, or phone the Minister regarding the proposed revocation of national park for the Lindeman Great Barrier Reef Resort Project. The Honourable Dr Steven Miles Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection; and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef Post: GPO Box 2454, Brisbane QLD 4001 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (07) 3719 7330
Help protect Lindeman Island – write a submission:Send a submission to the Coordinator-General.
- be in writing;
- be received on or before the last day of the submission period;
- be signed by each person who made the submission;
- state the name and address of each person who made the submission;
- state the grounds of the submission and the facts and circumstances relied on to support those grounds.
Please help us secure the future of Lindeman Islands National Park.
Your donation will help us to protect Lindeman Islands National Park and keep us going to defeat the similar upcoming proposals. NPAQ has been advocating for our national parks since 1930 and we won’t stop, always fighting threats to our national parks.
Please read the media release for further details.
Show that you do not support this proposal by signing the petition here
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