17 July 2019
Urgent need to keep wilderness areas intact
The State Commission Assessment Panel has approved the Australian Walking Company’s development plans for commercial villages to be built on two coastal headlands of Flinders Chase National Park, along with kilometres of roads and tracks, plus the commercialisation of the three Cape du Couedic Lighthouse Keepers Cottages.
Conservation Council of South Australia Acting CEO Allys Todd said: “It is deeply disappointing that this development is progressing. There is, however, a long way to go with a legal court challenge now pending."
“Flinders Chase National Park is the most botanically unique area in South Australia and needs to be protected from further developments.”
The accommodation development at Flinders Chase is the first of a series of potential private developments in national parks across the state. Friends Groups fear it sets a dangerous precedent of sacrificing environmental values for economic return.
For interview and further comment:
Bev Maxwell, Public Parks Not Private Playgrounds, 0418 205 957
Craig Wilkins, Conservation Council of SA, 0417 879 439