26 September 2023

Park management plan open for ideas

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Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) is calling for comments on the future management of Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park.

Located in Waanyi Country the north-west highlands of Western Queensland, the National Park features spectacular gorges, sandstone ranges and World Heritage fossils.

Calling for the comments, QPWS said it had worked closely with the Waanyi People to co-design a Management Plan that protected Boodjamulla’s important natural and cultural features while maintaining great visitor experiences.

“The area is special to the Waanyi People for practising culture and ensuring their ongoing connection to Country,” QPWS said.

“The Management Plan identifies the Park’s key values, threats to those values and how QPWS and the Waanyi People will work together to respond to those threats, while also enhancing tourism and other economic and social development,” it said.

QPWS said the Plan had been developed using a values-based planning framework that was based on international standards and best practice, and all public submissions would be considered before it was finalised.

Waanyi Lore Man and Chair of the Waanyi Prescribed Body Corporate, Alec Doomadgee said the Management Plan was an important document for the Waanyi People.

“Our people have sustainably lived here for thousands of years and we will continue to look after this land because it is a connection to our past, our present and our future,” Mr Doomadgee said.

Lawn Hill Gorge was first gazetted as a National Park in December 1984 and before that it was part of a cattle grazing property known as Lawn Hill Station.

The Park was extended in March 1992 to include the Riversleigh World Heritage Site, one of the most significant fossil deposits in the world and the richest known fossil mammal deposit in Australia.

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