Lindeman Islands National Park under threat
We are currently facing one of the greatest threats to Queensland national parks in recent years. Private developers propose the revocation of 36.9 hectares of national park land to rebuild and expand the luxury resort on Lindeman Island. This proposal for 3 posh resorts loosely disguised as “ecotourism” would see us lose precious national park land to private developers.
Revoking national park land for private development and commercial gain is unacceptable!
The proposal is brought forward by White Horse Australia Lindeman Pty Ltd (jointly owned by White Horse Group China and Orion Group Hong Kong), who plan to expand the former Club Med resort on Lindeman Island – closed since being battered by Cyclone Yasi in 2011. The proposed development and expansion of the derelict resort includes revocation of 36.9ha of existing national park for new villas (they propose 325 suites and villas on Lindeman), upgrades to the golf course, expansion of the dam and airstrip and more. It also seeks specific authority to use a further 9.5ha of national park for private glamping.
The developer does plan to 'return' some land to the national park. However, much of this land is from their existing term lease that will soon expire on 31 October 2019. This land permits only limited activities so giving this back in order to have other land revoked, which will be intensely developed with resort infrastructure, is a loss for conservation.
NPAQ Conservation Officer Laura Hahn says 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. "Once you start cutting off bits of national park here and there, it opens the door to widespread acceptance of development in protected areas. This is the thin edge of the wedge," Ms Hahn says. "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 bigger fight on our hands protecting the other island national parks threatened in upcoming proposals.
At least 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 fought against a proposal of 605 additional hectares of national park land being added to the perpetual lease of the commercial operator on Lindeman Island. That proposal was defeated and we will fight to defeat this one too. But we need your help to do so.
Please help us secure the future of Lindeman Islands National Park.
Your donation will help us to secure the safety of 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.
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Shortly we will be posting a draft letter here that you can easily adapt and send to the government to let them know you do not support this reckless course of action. This must be submitted by 4th September so check back soon so you can send your letter.
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