Is Australia on the wrong track with some ecotourism?

Cooloola Coastcare - After the very wet season, the entire sand spit and beach at Poona Lake are under water.

After the very wet season, the entire sand spit and beach at Poona Lake are under water.

Cooloola Coastcare July Update

The Cooloola Great Walk Ecotourism Project rates a mention in a 19-06-2022 article by Eden Gillespie in The Guardian, “Taming the wild: Is the rise in ‘eco-accommodation’ a threat to Australia’s national parks?”.

The article describes many worrying ‘eco’tourism proposals for Australian national parks, at a time when some other counties are removing such infrastructure from their parks.

In the case of the Cooloola project, patches of the most beautiful parts of the park; for example, near the Noosa River, at Double Island Point, and on the edge of Poona Lake; would be leased to a private company for development of luxury cabin or glamping tent complexes, serviced regularly by heavy vehicles, and accessible only to high-paying customers.

All are welcome to attend the Public Forum, Cooroy Memorial Hall, Maple St, Cooroy, on Saturday 2 July at 1pm or use the contacts on the website to let decision-makers know if you have concerns.

Marine Debris Clean-up: Monday 4 July to Saturday 9 July

Cooloola Coastcare will join with Gympie Landcare and other local environment groups for a clean-up of the waste lingering in our waterways and on our beaches after recent flooding.

For more information, see Gympie Landcare’s website/Facebook page, or to register for participation in the clean-up, contact or contact the office on 5483 8866.

6 & 7 August: Wildflowering at Cooloola 2022

In collaboration with Wild/flower Women, Cooloola Coastcare will present a day and a half of walks, talks and art workshops inspired by Cooloola’s beautiful wildflowers.

Details and tickets will be available from soon, or check Cooloola Coastcare and Wild/flower Women websites and Facebook pages for more details.

Linda Tabe

President, Cooloola Coastcare


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