Queensland Minister for National Parks Steve Dickson
Major Upgrade For Central Queensland National Park
Victor P Taffa
Visitors to Carnarvon National Park in central Queensland are set to benefit from a major upgrade project, National Parks Minister Steve Dickson announced today.
Mr. Dickson said the $986,000 visitor facilities upgrade was part of the Newman Government’s $25.8 Million investment in national parks infrastructure across the state in 2013/14.
“The Newman Government is opening up Queensland’s national parks for all residents and visitors to enjoy, and projects like this form an important part of that commitment.” Mr. Dickson said.
“Tourism is one of the four pillars of Queensland’s economy, and we’re continuing to provide greater ecotourism opportunity and enhanced visitor amenities as part of strengthening this vital economic cornerstone.”
“Carnarvon Gorge is a major tourism drawcard for central and western Queensland and this upgrade will renew the ranger office and visitor centre, which is an important part of the visitor experience.”
Mr. Dickson said the Queensland Gas Company had provided $500,000 toward the project as part of their agreement which allows them to use some state forest areas for commercial activity.
“The visitor information centre, which has seen only minor improvements since being built in the 1970’s, will be refreshed with new displays about the park’s landscapes, walks, and fascinating geological and human history.” Mr. Dickson said.
“Carnarvon Gorge welcomes about 28,000 visitors a year, who meet and talk with rangers and discover what the park has to offer.”
Mr. Dickson said breathing life back into the visitor centre was the first stage in a longer term strategy to deliver an enhanced national park experience, which would eventually see upgrades to surrounding road infrastructure and camping area.
The iconic Gorge section of Carnarvon National Park is about three hours’ drive north of Roma, and draws visitors from across Australia and the world to see its soaring multi-coloured cliffs and side-gorges, Aboriginal rock art, ancient flora and plentiful wildlife.
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service’s (QPWS) Carnarvon Gorge campground is open during the Easter, winter and spring school holidays, and more information is available at www.nprsr.qld.gov.au