chainsaws back in Queensland

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Subject: chainsaws back in Queensland
From: "Euan Moore" <>
Date: Tue, 14 May 2013 13:10:56 +1000
>From an earlier post....

"The former Labor Government in its final years acted to lock up some
important natural areas as national park, such as the expanded Mapleton
National Park in the Sunshine Coast hinterland - a lovely, bird-rich area of
rainforest, wet sclerophyll and open forest."


Please don't use the words "lock up" or similar when referring to national
parks.  This just plays into the hands of those who are opposed to national
parks.  Their standard argument is that national parks "lock up the park" or
"lock out the public" when nothing is further from the truth.  Only in
exceptional circumstances is the public excluded from national parks.    The
great majority of national parks allow free and open access to anyone.  We
can all visit our national parks whenever we wish.

Contrast this to private land, logging areas and mine sites where it is
usually extremely difficult to obtain access.  The use of the terms "lock
up" and "lock out" by opponents of national parks is a form of newspeak used
to denigrate the whole national park concept and all activities aimed at
protecting the natural environment.  The proponents of development wish to
turn our national parks into areas where only they have access to do
whatever they wish, i.e. lock up the area.

Perhaps the sentence could have read "The former Labor Government in its
final years acted to permanently protect some important natural areas as
national park....".





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