G20 campers’ chaos won’t lead to limit
QUEENSLAND Parks has no plans to limit numbers to the Noosa North Shore despite a weekend of chaos in the environmentally sensitive area.
Long-term residents complained in Monday's Daily about human faeces dumped in the dunes and four-wheel drives destroying the vegetation as Brisbanites escaped the G20 to the Sunshine Coast.
Figures supplied by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service showed 2553 people camped by permit in the beach camping zone last weekend.
There were also 590 vehicle access permits issued over the same period.
The service's website shows there are no toilet facilities along the beach area and people are told to bring portable toilets. A total of 292,596 people have camped at the Cooloola Recreation Area since it was created in October 2010.
Permits have raised $10.1 million in revenue.
The spokeswoman said this money was "reinvested to provide better visitor facilities and services".
It also did not "offset management costs".
National Parks Minister and Member for Buderim, Steve Dickson, said camping numbers were capped at Teewah Beach, but there were no plans to restrict vehicles and day visitors.
"Noosa North Shore has been a popular low-cost holiday option for Queensland families and visitors for many years, but camping numbers have remained constant, with 53,797 in 2011 and 53,786 last year," he said.
"Camping numbers are presently capped to approximately 2500 campers on Teewah Beach, and there are no plans to restrict vehicles and day visitors from accessing the Cooloola Recreation Area. Funds raised from the sale of Cooloola Recreation Area permits are fully re-invested back into the area."
A further $2.7 million was being budgeted for new projects.
The Noosa council declined to comment.