Cuts needed to Fraser's red tape

NATIONAL Parks Minister Steve Dickson is determined to take action to help Fraser Island's tourism industry.

He is visiting the region today to look at ways to cut red tape for local eco-tourism operators.

Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen invited the Minister to see firsthand some of the problems faced by local tourism operators and business owners, following the Government's highly successful DestinationQ tourism summit in June.

"One of my key actions from DestinationQ was a commitment to cut eco-tourism red tape by reducing the number of permits required to use Queensland's National Parks, and enable greater access for everyone who wants to visit them," Mr Dickson said.

"The Fraser Coast is home to some of the most beautiful World Heritage and marine National Park land in the state, but tourism is struggling because of the burdens placed upon operators and businesses by the former Labor Government," he said.

"We all agree the tourism industry is a key pillar of the Queensland economy, and it is essential we work together now to get it back on track."

Mr Dickson will also meet with rangers and residents on the island to hear their views on how it could be better protected into the future.

"Along with ideas for increasing eco-tourism and recreation opportunities, we'll be discussing issues of pest management, current camping facilities and the strategic management of conservation needed to ensure Fraser Island's pristine beauty is protected into the future," he said.

"I'm looking forward to visiting the existing tourism and environmental facilities on Fraser today, to gain a better idea of what aspects are working well now and what needs to be changed to help the industry get back on its feet.

"By increasing access to Fraser Island, the Newman Government will kick start the tourism industry in the area after what has been a very difficult period."


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