Wet Tropics plan seeks user voice
TOURISM operators, conservationists and locals are being called to action by the Wet Tropics Management for their upcoming review of the Wet Tropics Management Plan.
Major stakeholders are encouraged have their say by attending a public meeting hosted by the Alliance for Sustainable Tourism at Mossman Shire Hall at 6pm, Thursday, May 25.
Among other things, it is proposed the Bump Track and East Black Mountain road will no longer be classified roads, freeing up the areas for recreational use.
Alliance for Sustainable Tourism Chair, Max Sheppard, said the plan isn’t all red tape; it’s about assessing sustainable options.
“You’ve already seen a great boom in mountain biking and hiking. More and more people are getting out into the wet tropics areas, so what are the opportunities we need there in 10 years time?” Mr Sheppard said.
“It’s a bit about protecting sensitive areas...but it’s also important that the walking trails and visitors sites that we have remain available to tourists and locals to use in those areas”
The plan is set to alter zoning around high visitation areas such as Emmagen Creek, to allow the Douglas Shire Council to make applications to develop infrastructure in the area.
Wet Tropics Management Authority executive director, Scott Buchanan, said the plan will be about balancing conservation and tourism.
“It’s a balance between managing the World Heritage area values and protecting them but also enabling necessary infrastructure to go ahead.”
The proposed plan, which is reviewed every 10 years, will also introduce the Bloomfield Falls Trailhead, Roaring Meg, Alexandra Range Lookout, Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures and south Wangetti Beach to Zone D.
Waiting to cross Emmagen Creek