The Queensland Greens believe that:
- Queensland has an immense wealth of tourist destinations and experiences which provide significant employment opportunities for local communities and add substantially to the State's revenue and reputation.
- Planning for tourism should be based on adequate information to identify sites suitable for tourism and should aim to protect and enhance the environment and prevent community conflict.
- Much of the rich environment which attracts tourism should be credited to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander custodianship of the land.
- Tourism is a renewable and sustainable industry, providing many economic and cultural opportunities for both visitors to the state of Queensland and for Queenslanders benefiting in business, employment opportunities, and common facilities.
- Tourism compliments other sectors and strong networks and mechanisms for community participation in planning processes. This participation may provide further boosts to all key stakeholders.
- Historical sites and buildings should be protected and made accessible for tourism and included in tourism planning and marketing programmes.
- The Great Barrier Reef, due to its World Heritage significance, and our coastal marine parks are of vital importance to the environmental, economic and cultural well-being of all Queenslanders and should be protected.
- Developments approvals should not be granted which exclude the public from public areas, for example those which alienate people from beaches and foreshores or industrialisation of rural or sensitive ecologies that provide tourist destination to view wildlife.
- Recognise the importance of ecologically sensitive areas must be limited to ensure conservation outcomes.
The Queensland Greens want:
- Public participation in tourism planning and decision making at local, regional and state levels, including the growing tourism strategy and destination management planning and coordination.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities increasing participation, development and ownership of tourism, especially in areas specifically related to their cultural and/or historical heritage, customs and lore/laws.
- Tourist activities and development that provide tangible and ecologically sustainable benefits to the communities immediately adjacent and do not impose negative impacts or additional costs upon residents, ratepayers and the host environment.
- Local tourism businesses that provide cultural exchange opportunities, or that link into further trade opportunities that arise from federal and state tourism promotional events.
- Improvements to networks between tourism and other industries.
- Stakeholders and communities to participate in decision making about developments and, where there are competing land uses for the same area, ensuring that tourism potential is not lost by other economic interests.
The Greens will
- Identify, with public participation and through competent ecological assessments land suitable for tourism development.
- Enhance network and participatory mechanisms for public participation in tourism planning and decision making at local, regional and state levels.
- Establish an accreditation system to assess 'eco-tourism' activities to ensure only those operators who satisfactorily minimise impacts on and contribute positively to the environment may be registered as such.
- Provide education, mentoring, service and tourism business training and capacity building to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to enable community controlled tourism ventures in areas where there is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander historical and cultural heritage.
- Ensure that tour operators who use public lands are required to lodge a bond and a Plan of Management with the State Authority and contribute to the up-keep and restoration of those areas.
- Upgrade the Queensland urban, regional and rural public transport systems, so that they are capable of providing an integrated and affordable world class service appropriate to tourism, as well as serving the Queensland population.
- Investigate the best way to integrate state wide and international transport systems (eg: aviation, rail and cruise ship industry) and to assess the most appropriate and sustainable means of transport that enhance and make accessible tourist destinations in Queensland.
- Work with the community sector to develop tourist destinations in publicly accessible places are also accessible in other ways (e.g.. disability-friendly, GLBTI friendly, pet-friendly, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled, eco-accredited)
- Ensure clear procedures and government practices and feedback mechanisms are implements across all government departments and agencies so that time-consuming and unreasonable costs to small business operators are eliminated.
- Ensure that all tourism developments and activities are subject to competent Environmental Impact Assessment and public participation processes and that any other industrial development be assessed for the impacts it may have to tourism in the local area. The resulting reports are to be made available on tourism related websites and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services (QPWS) websites.
- Require new facilities to be landscaped with local species where appropriate and to practice effective pollution control, water and energy conservation, and waste management.
- Ensure that there is better co-ordination, communication and alignment of other sectors to enhance tourism opportunities (eg sporting events that can provide additional opportunities to small business operators and/or the local community or historical tours, timing with cultural events).
- Strengthen the laws and regulations that protect historical buildings and sites, developing a sympathetic tourism plan to showcase these areas and aid their preservation.
- Ensure there is no reduction to declared marine parks, wetlands, and fish nurseries. Of special importance is the Great Barrier Reef which provides 60,000 jobs to Queenslanders and restocking fish populations for the fishing industry, as well as marine tourists.
This policy should also be read with
Small business & Indigenous Queenslanders’ policy