In the Regional update 28% of people surveyed felt the area was already too commercialized and overdeveloped.
The Whitsunday Destination Management Plan 2004 prepared by Tourism Queensland highlights
“The chief competitive strengths of the Whitsundays in the domestic environment are identified as the pristine natural attractions of the reef and islands and the friendly accessible sailing/cruising waters.”
The Regional Plan also identified the key issue for the Whitsundays as
“managing sustainable tourism and monitoring the social, economic and
ecological impacts of localised growth in the region.”
So where do we end up with all this information and data –
Our niche is
Our culture is
Our future in tourism and business relies on
At the recent Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Forum from which the State of the Park Report will be issued to the Federal Government the single biggest Issue facing the long term health and viability of the park is COASTAL DEVELOPMENT!
There is already plenty of evidence we are exceeding our limit!
An excerpt from a presentation prepared and delivered by Shutehaven Residents Assn September 2007