Views of Fraser Island. Photos: courtesy the Fraser Island Company
Views of Fraser Island. Photos: courtesy the Fraser Island Company

Minister rejects Fraser claims

QUEENSLAND environment minister Kate Jones has rejected claims from Noosa MP Glen Elmes that the Bligh government has failed to adequately protect Fraser Island.

The opposition spokesman for environment and sustainability released a discusion paper about the management of the south-east Queensland tourism drawcard on Tuesday.

In the paper, Mr Elmes claimed the government had not acted in the best interests of the "environment, local residents, recreational fishers and tourists".

Mr Elmes said water and soil quality, sewerage, dingo populations and four-wheel-drive management required "urgent action to address imbalances".

"In my opinion, measures introduced by the Bligh Labor government have had little or no positive impact on the health of the island," he said.

"Fraser Island is a world heritage-listed site and we need to ensure this status is maintained."

Ms Jones said the discussion paper showed the  LNP had no policy ideas and had been forced to look to the community.

"There is not one policy idea in the LNP's entire document," Ms Jones said.

"All they've done is attack and run down Fraser Island."

She said the opposition had backed away from previous policies regarding dingoes and the Fraser Coast Regional Council had not applied for available funding to improve the Eurong Sewage Plant.

Transport minister Rachael Nolan said the LNP had criticised changes to rules regarding the use of four-wheel-drives that would decrease the chance of accidents.

Mr Elmes said the paper was meant to start a discussion and he was seeking ideas from the community about how to best manage the island in the future. 

Submissions to the discussion paper can be made to Mr Elmes by emailing noosa@parliament.qld.gov.au.





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