These farcical pieces have been inspired by the threat that has risen yet again, after two failures, to have a cableway built to World Heritage-listed Springbrook in the Hinterland of southeast Queensland, Australia. The senselessness of this concept can be best highlighted by considering a similar proposal for other World Heritage-listed sites that have a more tangible presence than the natural bio-diversity for which Springbrook is listed. Australians are blasé about ‘bush,’ seeing it as a no-man’s-land zone, a location appropriate for dumping trash and burning; or for the more sensitive, as a pretty retreat to use and enjoy - to develop. The outrage of this cableway proposal and its gross insensitivity may be better comprehended when transposed to other World Heritage contexts where it would never be contemplated.
For details on Springbrook see www.springbrookrescue.org.au
"The cableway will start at the tourist accommodation centre just outside of the 'no-go' zone and follow a path that avoids all songlines, sacred areas, stones and stories on its way to the rock while following these. There will be an audio to explain the cultural context. The cableway will then rise over the rock following the original walking path, without touching it, with towers only at every one hundred and fifty metres, and as required to suit the curvature, descending to complete the circuit back to the accommodation zone, arriving at the sunset viewing platform."
This piece has been inspired by the language our politicians like to use to justify even the worst of decisions: see http://m.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/burke-approves-resort-on-keppel/story-fn59niix-1226591119298
This article reports on the federal Environment Minister, Tony Burke's approval of a major development on Great Keppel Island. The report notes:
The planned eco-tourism resort -- which will include a 250-room hotel, 750 villas, 600 apartments, a 250-berth marina and a Greg Norman-designed golf course -- is a scaled-down version of two earlier proposals, rejected first by the Labor state government in 2006, and by the federal government in 2009.
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"The conditions I have imposed will ensure that the outstanding universal value of the Great Barrier Reef is not diminished by this development"
The original development included three hotels with 700 rooms.