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