Huge boost for eco-tourism

Na­tional park se­cures $3m

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS - BILL HOFFMAN bill.hoffman@sc­

THE Sun­shine Coast would be home to one of four key eco-tourism des­ti­na­tions un­der a plan be­ing rolled out by the Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment.

The Glass House Moun­tains Na­tional Park would at­tract fund­ing of $3.03 mil­lion to up­grade bush­walk­ing, trail run­ning, moun­tain bik­ing and horse rid­ing in plans to in­vest $40 mil­lion to at­tract more vis­i­tors to the state’s na­tional parks.

Mil­lion-dol­lar fa­cil­i­ties would also ben­e­fit the Dain­tree Na­tional Park, Whit­sun­day Is­land and Lam­ing­ton Na­tional Park at the Gold Coast.

Na­tional Parks Min­is­ter Steven Miles said Queens­land’s na­tional parks rated among the best in the world but Tas­ma­nia re­mained the fo­cus of eco-tourism in Aus­tralia.

“The Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment is go­ing to turn that around,” Mr Miles said.

“Tourists are in­creas­ingly look­ing for premium op­tions which is why glamp­ing has be­come so pop­u­lar.

“These up­grades will at­tract more vis­i­tors to the re­gion and the state.”

La­bor’s Glass House can­di­date Brent Hamp­stead said the up­grade would boost the lo­cal econ­omy and cre­ate jobs.

“The Glass House Moun­tains are pos­si­bly Queens­land’s most stun­ning nat­u­ral land­forms,” Mr Hamp­stead said.

“Im­prov­ing the range of ac­tiv­i­ties tourists can un­der­take in our gor­geous Glass House Moun­tains Na­tional Park will in­crease vis­i­tors’ length of stay, and ex­pen­di­ture per trip.”

Other projects across Queens­land in­clude a $2.11 mil­lion up­grade to Dain­tree Na­tional Park for a new board­walk through the for­est, as well as walk­ing tracks and look­outs; a $10.9 mil­lion up­grade to Whit­sun­day Is­land for a multi-day walk­ing track and new ac­com­mo­da­tion in the form of lux­ury “eco-lodges”; a $1.48 mil­lion up­grade to Lam­ing­ton Na­tional Park walk­ing tracks and de­sign of a new Binna Burra Vis­i­tor Cen­tre.

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