The vision | Goals
Presentation | Infrastructure
National Parks in
Queensland draft policy
National parks and
other protected areas will be the vital means for safeguarding Queensland’s
Protected areas will
provide for the continued expression of indigenous traditions and
customs, where the rights and interests of indigenous people coexist
with the protection of natural values.
National Parks will
be cherished as expressions of nature unscarred by human interference,
as landscapes free of the signs of modern society and commercial
exploitation, where the elements of nature are free to function
and evolve in the most secure environment possible.
Protected areas will
provide current and future generations with enjoyment, inspiration
and spiritual nourishment arising from a deep love and respect for
nature or attachment to the natural environment.
The hallmark of protected
area management will be a sense of dignity, honour and achievement,
high professional standards and excellence in the science, skills,
traditional knowledge and resources underpinning protection and
primary goal of the protected area estate is the protection and
conservation of Queensland’s natural heritage of biological diversity,
natural features and wilderness.
the protected area estate, indigenous traditional owners will be
free to continue the expression of their traditions and customs.
areas will be managed to conserve their natural and cultural values.
Presentation of the
values of protected areas will enhance public understanding, appreciation
and enjoyment of those values and will be a major tool for the protection
of those values.
Management of the protected
area estate will provide environmental stewardship based on applied
science, a thorough knowledge of ecosystems and their components,
and, where possible, indigenous knowledge.
Reserve design and
of the cardinal principle for the management of National Parks will
ensure the permanent preservation of their natural condition and
protection of their cultural resources and values.
biological diversity will be conserved at all levels from genes
to landscapes, maintaining the natural patterns of distribution,
association and abundance and the capacity for ongoing evolution
With respect to biological diversity, the protected area estate
will be comprehensive, adequate and representative (CAR). It will
be designed and managed to maintain or restore
processes and the dynamics of ecosystems in their landscape
examples of all ecosystems, replicated throughout their natural
populations of native species throughout their natural ranges
by, inter alia, maximising the inclusion of high-quality habitat,
genetic diversity of native species, and
capacity for ongoing evolution and for response to natural and
human-induced climatic change.
of the CAR reserve system will maintain the integrity of ecosystems
and flora and fauna populations.
2.5 To the
maximum extent feasible, regional and subregional conservation objectives
will be met through national parks. Complementary off-reserve management
and other Protected Area categories will contribute safeguarding
Queensland’s natural heritage.
of the protected area estate will be based on the principle of ‘protection
first’ and the maintenance or restoration of ecological integrity.
To ensure that nature conservation objectives are met while still
providing for nature-based recreation and tourism, the area of the
protected area estate will exceed that required to meet biodiversity
targets for achieving a CAR reserve system.
restoration and presentation of natural and cultural values of the
protected area estate will be primary responsibilities for the QPWS.
will have the necessary skills, resources and research capability
for protection, monitoring, restoration and presentation of the
title and indigenous rights and interests
Government recognises that native title and significant indigenous
rights and interests continue to exist over many protected areas.
The Government and traditional owners will negotiate agreements
and cooperative arrangements regarding tenure, use and management
of these areas to achieve the shared goal of maintaining the natural
condition and indigenous cultural heritage to the greatest possible
protected area estate not only fulfils the high-priority objective
of conserving nature, but also provides essential ecosystem services
such as clean water, carbon sinks and gene pools and makes a significant
contribution to the local, regional and state economies. In recognition
of these irreplaceable public benefits, the Government will ensure
core funding sufficient to provide for best-practice management.
funding will provide for interpretation, research, inventory, monitoring
and adaptive management to maintain and, where necessary, restore
values and integrity and for the development of joint management
arrangements with native title holders.
Government will also provide annual allocations for acquisition
of new areas to meet agreed CAR and other objectives over a reasonable
and community relations
of protected areas will provide visitors enjoyment, inspiration
and spiritual nourishment, nurturing a deep love and respect for
nature or attachment to the natural environment, and respect for
traditional indigenous culture. Presentation provides an important
means for achieving protection and transmission to future generations
of the natural and cultural heritage.
of protected areas will involve an assessment of likely impacts
to ensure the level and nature of visitation is consistent with
the primary goal of management and the principle of ‘protection
appropriate, the Government may out-source routine maintenance duties
so as to allow professional staff to focus on interpretation, maintenance
and restoration of natural and cultural values.
protected area estate will be managed in the context of the broader
landscape through reciprocal ‘good neighbour’ relationships that
encourage cooperation with neighbours, local communities and Local
Government in order to improve protection.
Government will encourage and facilitate the development of sympathetic,
well planned ‘gateway communities’ at or near entrances to protected
areas where private enterprise or Local Government may provide accommodation,
transport, interpretation etc. State land leased for this purpose
will be an option.
into protected areas for public utility infrastructure will be avoided
other than in demonstrably exceptional circumstances, the overriding
principle being the maintenance of ecological and natural integrity.
for essential management for protection or presentation will be
minimal, non-intrusive and consistent with the primacy of protection,
restoration and reserve design principles.
commercial infrastructure development will be permitted on the protected
Parks and Wildlife Service will prepare and publish regular ‘State
of the Parks’ reports including the status and adequacy of protection,
monitoring, inventory, research, restoration and presentation.