The obligation in World Heritage areas is for governments to protect the place and to ensure that visitors are informed about its special qualities. Given this, one has to question this suspension bridge that has more to do with displaying itself and the falls than anything else. One has to assume that the maintenance story - “Continuing to fix the existing path was not sustainable” - has little to do with the ‘need’ for this bridge. The vision of dollars and increased tourist numbers appears to be the attraction.
We need to take our World Heritage much more seriously. It is more than a tourist attraction. Indeed, more numbers, if they arrive, will merely put more pressure on the unique biodiversity, the flora and fauna that is still offering amazing discoveries even to this day. Surprisingly, in a world in which we believe we know so much, we are still discovering new species at Springbrook. This is why it is World Heritage-listed. We must not forget this. We must care for our World Heritage places, not just turn them into entertaining cash generators.