The recent change in federal government has once again ignited the opportunity for the Cooloola section of the Great Sandy National Park to be nominated to become World Heritage listed.
After decades of scientific and environmental studies, government road-blocks, and close-calls, it may just be that the political and cultural landscape is conducive for such an event to now occur.
In order for a place to be added to the World Heritage List an independent assessment has to be done that demonstrates it represents outstanding natural and/or cultural heritage.
The decision about which places are added to the World Heritage list is made by the International UNESCO World Heritage Committee.
The overall process involves a number of complex steps, a key component being the consent of First Nations people.
World Heritage listing is the highest global recognition of the significance of a place, which can bring a range of potential benefits and opportunities for the community, surrounding regions and nation.
We will watch closely to see if this time our beautiful region can receive such an honour.