Wanted: Keen ecotourism operator

28 Aug 2013 10:48 AMJann Stuckey

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Newman Government is offering to invest up to $750,000 in a bid to attract the right operator to establish an ecotourism venture at the World Heritage listed Green Mountains, in Lamington National Park.

On the Gold Coast for the second day of the DestinationQ Forum, National Parks Minister Steve Dickson and Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey called for an operator who could offer a range of experiences in the rainforest park, famous for its birdlife and ancient beech trees.

Mr Dickson said operators now have the chance to offer a range of opportunities at Green Mountains – or O’Reillys as it is also known.

“Lamington National Park holds a special place in our state’s history as one of Queensland’s first national parks. We want to ensure it is accessible to everyone, and offers more experiences that are still within everyone’s reach,” he said.

“For the right proposal, the Newman Government is willing to invest up to $750,000. This demonstrates our commitment to finding real outcomes at this site.”

Ms Stuckey said tourism was one of the four pillars of the Queensland economy, and that this move was another sign the Government was serious about its commitment to the industry.

“Encouraging people to stay more nights in our regions will help us achieve our goal to double overnight visitor expenditure from $15 billion to $30 billion by 2020,” she said.

“On the other side of Lamington National Park, Binna Burra Mountain Lodge has run a successful camping operation on the edge of the national park for decades, with options including permanent tents and powered sites.

“At Takarakka Bush Resort next to Carnarvon National Park in central Queensland, the popular private campground provides guests with cooking and other facilities.

“We envisage similar concepts could be proposed for Green Mountains and are looking forward to seeing what comes forward during the EOI period.”

Chief Executive of the Queensland Tourism Industry Council, Daniel Gschwind said the site offers an opportunity to fill gaps in the market.

“I look forward to seeing the creative suggestions interested parties have to offer.”

Expressions of interest can be submitted until 29 November 2013.

Details are available at www.nprsr.qld.gov.au ( http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/ )

[ENDS] 28 August 2013