Cockle Creek symptomatic of governments’ parks attitude
The Tasmanian and federal governments must boost infrastructure funding to national parks if we are to make the most out of our natural assets, Greens Leader Christine Milne said today.
"I was appalled to read in the paper today that the Cockle Creek Bridge will be closed indefinitely over our busiest tourism time," Senator Milne said.
"Cockle Creek is one of the most popular gateways to the World Heritage Area and a much beloved camping ground for Tasmanians to enjoy our summer months.
"At Senate estimates last week the federal government said it is considering whether to honour the millions promised to manage reserves under the Tasmanian forest agreement.
"When are governments going to realise they need to invest in infrastructure to enable appropriate access and maintain our world-famous natural assets? Instead of cutting funding to parks they should be increasing it.
"Bridges, trackwork, and ranger services are all critical for the tourism success of our national parks and reserves.
"Instead, we have existing roads and bridges that aren't repaired, and tracks and sanitary facilities that haven't been updated for decades.
"Investing in our parks will create and maintain tourism and service jobs, allow Tasmanians to enjoy their natural heritage and preserve their natural values for generations to come.
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