OPINIONS

GOING BACK TO 1985 THE TOURISM MINISTER PETER McKECHNIE SUPPORTED FULL-BLOWN TOURISM WITHOUT PLACING ANY CAP UPON THE NUMBER OF TOURISTS & 4WD’S PERMITTED ON THE ISLAND PER ANNUM, KILLING AND REMOVAL BEGAN IN 1992 ACCORDING TO NORMA HANNANT A PIONEERING RESIDENT.

FIDO FULLY SUPPORTED THE MANAGER IN KILLING AND REMOVAL OF ENDANGERED HORSES THE FIDO CLAIMED, HORSES WERE DESTROYING THE PANDANUS PALMS (CITING A BOGUS QUOTE) ALLEGEDLY FROM AN EARLY FORESTER WALTER PETRIE (ACCORDING TO PAPERS LODGED BY JOHN SINCLAIR IN THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL LIBRARY) TOURISM NUMBERS HAVE ESCALATED.

FROM A BASE OF 20 000 IN THE 1970’S TO OVER 500 000 AND RISING WITHOUT ANY LIMITATIONS. DESPITE MANAGEMENT PLANS – NO CAP ON TOURISM NUMBERS OR 4WD’S PERMITTED ON TTHE ISLAND AT ANY ONE TIME!

STEVEN WEST SAYS:- 

“UNFORTUNATELY WE CAN PROTEST AGAINST REMOVING THE BRUMBIES BUT FROM WHAT I CAN GATHER, THE MORE WE PROTEST, THE MORE DEFIANT THE [QPWS] BECOME….”.         

CHRIS ANDERSON SAYS:- 

“JUST LEAVE THEM AND REMOVE THE TOURISTS, THEY DO FAR MORE DAMAGE”

ADRIAN MARTIN SAYS:- 

“THEY WILL DO MORE DAMAGE TRYING TO CULL THEM THAN THE BRUMBIES COULD EVER DO! THE BRUMBIES ON CURTIS ISLAND ARE PROTECTED – WHY AREN’T WE PROTECTING THESE ONES?”

DIANNE TURNER SAYS:- 

“4WD’S DO MORE DAMAGE THAN THE BRUMBIES…LEAVE THEM BE…”

NATHAN L’ANSON SAYS:- 

“THE QLD PARKS AND WILDLIFE SERVICE [QPWS] ARE A JOKE WITH HOW THEY’VE BEEN DEALING WITH THINGS ON THE ISLAND…”

SO LONG AS THE WILD HORSES WERE THERE, HUMAN SAFETY WAS GUARANTEED!

TO MY MIND QPWS MANAGEMENT WITH FIDO AS THEIR APPOINTED YARDSTICK, FRASER ISLAND IS NO-LONGER ‘THAT SPECIAL PLACE’!