Central Station Fraser Island – Tourism & Interference in the Public Interest?

Central Station Fraser Island. The last brumbies.
Photo: W & L Geissler 1935

PERHAPS LIKE A SCENE FROM 1975 FILM ‘ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST’

TOURISM & INTERFERENCE – IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST?
A PROVEN POISON YARDSTICK FOR GREAT SANDY ACCORDING TO SOME!

THE LATEST ROLE STARS JOHN SINCLAIR – HOSTING THE ROYALS – IT SEEMS he is a ‘PROFESSIONAL ORGANISER’ (Sinclair 1977) back then saw an opportunity and took advantage. STILL TRYING TO LIFT HIS PROFILE 2018!

Back in February 1974 John Sinclair of F.I.D.O. had a tiny membership:

“…F.I.D.O. believes that [like the film plot with nurse ratched] is acting in the public interest in trying to ensure the wisest use of the [shock room] resources of Fraser Island…” (Moonbi 17)

SINCLAIR FOCUSED PRIMARILY ON LIFTING HIS F.I.D.O. POWER BASE:-

NUMBERS & FINANCE – NOT ON ‘SAVING’ – BUT DESTRUCTION OF WILDERNESS (FLORA & FAUNA.)  FIRST IT WAS SANDMINING, THEN IT WAS LOGGING, LOSS OF PROPER SKILLED FOREST MANAGEMENT, FIRE REGIMES, JOB LOSSES, REMOVAL OF HORSES, KILLING DINGOES, HIS ANSWER…PROMOTE TOURISM. IT WON A FEW HEARTS, BUT OSTRACISED HIM FROM THE COMMUNITY (1975). IN 1990’s IT APPEARS SINCLAIR GOT INTO BED WITH THE GOSS GOVERNMENT/QPWS. WE ASK: WHAT WAS THE TERMS OF THAT SECRET ‘PEACE DEAL’?

“…politicians appreciate the importance of numbers…500 members…is most important in strengthening our case…” (Moonbi 17)

EMERGING YARDSTICK OF COMPARISON – COMES FROM THE PUBLIC ARENA:-

In 1925 a well-known and first Forester appointed in 1913 to Fraser Island Walter Petrie and a Journalist (A.H.G. of the Sydney Mail together visited Fraser Island).

What they recorded, noted, discussed about Central Station is of vital, critical importance an addition to our historic knowledge: some key points here.

  1. ‘Extraordinary wealth in birds and [incalculable contemporary history’].
  2. Dating from the time when it was first seen by Captain Cook it carries much archivial interest,
  3. Extensive Lakes perched and basin, extraordinary vegetation some is rare not known elsewhere in Australia, others are fragile, unique.
  4. Australia’s finest forest trees grow on sand, have been responsibly managed for over 130 years.

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