The recent months have been a disaster for the tourism industry and communities like the Cooloola Coast who rely on tourism for life, have been impacted severely.
What no-one in the region can understand is why the Cooloola National Park is only one of two regions in the whole of Queensland targeted for a reduction in camping numbers and people are asking if the government has an agenda?
And it is only one of two where day trippers and campers are required to acquire a COVID-19 Restricted Access Area Authority and vehicle access permits, just to go into the national park.
While Minister for Environment, Leeanne Enoch, said that: “The limit on the number of people who can stay in Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) camping areas will be increased, boosting local tourism as part of Queensland’s plan to Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs”, it seems it only applies to ‘other’ QPWS areas.
“Part of our plan to manage the worldwide economic impacts of the global Coronavirus pandemic is supporting traditional industries like tourism.”
While the minister said that also means supporting local businesses, they have not given the Cooloola Coast which includes camping at Teewah Beach any support, in fact it has been the opposite.
Despite calls, emails and enquiries from our state member, the mayor, the local chamber and stakeholders, there has been no explanation forthcoming.