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This page has become a bit irrelevant with the passing of time but it still shows the hypocrisy we have to deal with:
THE NEW ECOTOURISM PLAN
WILL IT CHANGE THE DAINTREE FROM A PRETEND ECOTOURISM
The Newman Government is set to make Queensland the number one nature-based tourism destination in Australia, with its draft Ecotourism Plan released for public input.
“Our vision is to make Queensland a world leader in ecotourism by 2020, as the Newman Government continues to grow our four pillar economy and get Queensland back on track.
“The future of ecotourism in Queensland will be guided by ecologically responsible and sustainable practices.
“It addresses a number of critical issues that have long been of concern to industry including providing commercially viable investment arrangements and a strong focus on best practice operations to deliver quality ecotourism experiences for visitors.”
The draft Plan was open for viewing and comment until Friday 31 May 2013 at www.nprsr.qld.gov.au
Comments and any enquiries can be emailed to email@example.com.
As we know, the Daintree is currently a pretend ecotourism destination,
with huge carbon foot prints of residents and businesses who have been
denied grid power by subsequent governments.
The current Queensland government has a bit more sense than the previous Labor government that gave in to Mike Berwick's push to ban grid power, but they claim to have no money to install a grid and make the Daintree a REAL ecotourism destination, instead of a PRETEND ecotourism destination.
But now that they have decided to make Queensland the number one ecotourism
destination in the world they have no other choice than to put an electricity
grid in the Daintree and end this shameful pollution saga. The current
situation of pollution and energy poverty goes against all principles
“The future of ecotourism in Queensland will be guided by ECOLOGICALLY RESPONSIBLE AND SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES.
“It addresses a number of critical issues that have long been of concern to industry including providing COMMERCIALLY VIABLE investment arrangements and a strong focus on best practice operations to deliver quality ecotourism experiences for visitors.”
Generators and lead acid batteries are NOT ecologically responsible, and businesses in the Daintree are NOT commercially viable running on individual generators, so it looks like the government is seeing the need for change too now.
If you Google what ecotourism means, some of the principles and definitions of ecotourism include:
Wellbeing of local people (the wellbeing of local Daintree people has for years been grossly neglected by all levels of government, they have lived in energy poverty for years).
Minimize impact ( diesel generators, fumes, noise, worn out equipment and lead-acid batteries have much more impact on the environment than grid electricity).
Tourism to unspoiled natural resources, with minimal impact on the environment being a primary concern ( as described above, generators have more impact on precious environment than a grid).
Affordability and lack of waste in the form of luxury (generators are a very wasteful way to generate electricity).
ECOTOURISM.ORG.AU describes ecotourism as: Tourism in a natural area that offers interesting ways to learn about the environment with an operator that USES RESOURCES WISELY, contributes to the conservation of the environment and helps local communities. (Business operators in the Daintree can not use resources wisely thanks to their government denying them an electricity grid, and they have to waste resources burning fuel in standalone generators.
Is this what you would expect in an ecotourism destination?
Write to your government, especially Premier Campbell Newman, Energy Minister Mark McArdle, and National Parks Minister Steve Dickson who is in charge of the ecotourism plan, that you want the Daintree changed from a PRETEND ecotourism destination to a REAL ecotourism destination to end the shameful pollution and energy poverty, as per the definitions of ecotourism.
This is the letter I have just sent them:
A reply to this letter was received, but was the usual meaningless politically correct writings from a staffer referring this on to another department.
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