LETTER: Great Sandy area ‘next on the list’
WE ARE witnessing signs of climate change in the widespread bleaching of corals along the Great Barrier Reef.
Inspiration is needed to show it is possible to live sustainably and conserve the environment.
Recognising our unique environment through listing this area as World Heritage is what we must do.
Queensland Minister for the Environment Dr Steven Miles has announced funding to progress plans to extend the Fraser Island World Heritage Area to include the Great Sandy Strait, Mary River, Noosa River and Lakes.
The Queensland Government has committed funding of $2.2 million to progress the World Heritage nominations for the extension to Fraser Island and Cape York.
The minister has indicated progress will only happen, though, with a strong indication of community support.
In the context of the Federal Election, this means voting for the candidate who champions World Heritage.
As your federal Labor candidate, I commit to being the driving force behind a federal Labor government listing of the Great Sandy Area as World Heritage by 2020.
As champion for the cause, I will rattle every cage in the fight ahead, to make sure we deliver on a promise made to the Australian people.
The benefits that come from caring and seeking to preserve this ecosystem extend beyond conservation.
Emeritus Professor Kenneth Wiltshire, Business School at the University of Queensland, wrote that “Research shows that once a site is listed as World Heritage, tourism visits increase by 30% each year for the first five years at least."
Rest assured that a range of new jobs will come from placing a fresh emphasis on eco-tourism to attract visitors here.
The people of Wide Bay will stand to benefit the most by being right on the doorstep of an expanded World Heritage area.
Let's move ahead together and vote to change things for the better.
Labor candidate for Wide Bay