Not opposed to expansion of camping area
WE'D like to offer a different perspective on the current application by Wade Batty for the downgrade of a fish habitat at Elanda Point, to allow him to construct a private jetty.
We also understand Mr Batty has an option to acquire the leasehold on the Elanda recreation area within the National Park in order to establish a luxury 'eco-camp' with 'glamping' facilities.
As the representative of the Protect Elanda working group, I would assure Mr Batty that we are by no means opposed to an upgrade and possible expansion of the current family camping area and school's education facilities.
Our concerns centre around the potential impact on the delicate eco-system of Lake Cootharaba of such a habitat downgrade, as well as that of the associated jetty construction.
Regardless of whether or not the department in question agrees to this initial application, we would be very pleased to enter into discussions with Mr Batty on these issues, as well as on the possible alternatives which could be open to his discovery group in their efforts to transform the Elanda facility into a more substantial enterprise.
We acknowledge Mr Batty's stated desire to reduce the environmental impacts of his current operation to the Everglades, as well as the progress his organisation has made to date in this respect.
This issue, as well as the conservation of this valuable public resource - the Great Sandy National Park - is far too important to us, and to the future reputation of the Noosa Biosphere Reserve, for petty confrontations to get in the way of a negotiated compromise, which could offer benefits both to the company and to the concerned residents, in addition to the possible environmental advantages.
Mr Batty - we're ready when you are.