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Fraser Island sees significant tourism recovery
Fraser Island (K’gari) tourism numbers have bounced back with visitors spending more than a quarter of a million nights in the world heritage-listed area, helping to drive the state’s economic recovery.
Queensland Environment Minister Meaghan Scanlon said despite the impacts to international tourism from COVID-19 and bushfires late last year, families had in total spent 38,000 more nights on the island camping so far in 2020/21 when compared to the entire 2019/20 financial year.
Minister Scanlon notes “we know that visits to our national parks generate $2.6 billion in economic activity each year – and as home to the world’s largest sand island, K’gari plays a big role.”
Minister Scanlon said since the bushfires, rangers had been working around the clock to make sure K’gari rebounds and added “whether that’s wildlife specialists attending to native wildlife, or rangers eradicating potentially harmful weeds from emerging in bushfire-affected areas – our efforts mean we’ve seen new growth emerge from the ashes in areas like Moon Point Swamp and the foredunes at Happy Valley.”
Minister Scanlon advised that this meant the State Government is able to continue investing $10 million each year into K’gari for its ongoing management together with Traditional Owners.
“It means we’re now able to invest $4.8 million in new tourism opportunities on the island, on top of the $2 million I announced earlier this month to build new fencing around Orchid Beach.
“These latest tourism figures equal thousands of families from across Queensland and Australia spending money in local communities and supporting dozens of tourism operators in the area.
“It’s a strong sign of regrowth on the island in the face of COVID-19 and bushfires that impacted this world-heritage listed area late last year.”
Image: Boorangoora (Lake McKenzie) - the famous pure white silica sand and crystal clear waters of Lake Mckenzie, Fraser Island. Courtesy of Fraser Coast
16th May 2021 - New fencing to protect Fraser Island dingoes and visitors
23rd June 2019 - Visitors who feed dingoes on Fraser Island face increased penalties
10th January 2018 - Fraser Island Irukandji jellyfish discovery leads to warnings to swimmers
24th April 2017 - Fraser Island National Park renaming recognises Traditional Owners
20th June 2016 - Cape York and Fraser Island World Heritage nominations to progress
19th August 2015 - Fraser Island dingo destroyed after ‘aggressive incidents’
7th April 2014 - Rhyming signs warn of Fraser Island Dingo danger this Easter
6th March 2013 - Changes recommended following Fraser Island Dingo Review
29th April 2010 - Fraser Island Inquest: 4WDriver may be charged
18th March 2010 - Tourists threaten ‘dingo extinction’ on Fraser Island
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