Fraser Island's Lake McKenzie.
Fraser Island's Lake McKenzie. Alistair Brightman

Respect key to protecting Fraser Island

I LOVE Fraser Island.

I fervently believe everyone should take the opportunity to experience the island at least once - it's beautiful, exotic and filled with interesting places and people.

But I will admit there are occasions when I do get fed up with hearing about the tourists who go there and their lack of respect for this island paradise.

It's never people who live locally who seem to have issues when they go to the island.

It is invariably tourists.

Whether it is dingo attacks, accidents on the sand dunes or rollovers while four-wheel driving, each fresh tragedy seems entirely preventable, if only tourists who go to the island would stop taking unnecessary risks.

The island can be dangerous in a multitude of ways and that needs to be respected.

The dingoes on the island are among the purest strain in Australia, yet they are destroyed on a regular basis because tourists have negative interactions.

I'm beginning to wonder if there should be a limit on how many tourists can go to the island at any given time.

Maybe there should also be a ban on alcohol on the island.

I'm sure limiting numbers on the island or prohibiting alcohol would be unpopular decisions as far as revenue and tourist numbers are concerned.

But it is my opinion that the bottom line shouldn't control all of the State Government's decisions.



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