Nelson-Carr was elected to Queensland Parliament in June
1998 in the seat of Mundingburra in Townsville, North Queensland
and is presently in her fourth term. Before entering politics
Lindy was a teacher.
Lindy's current position is Minister for Environment and
Lindy was previously Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier
in North Queensland and to the Minister for Transport and
Main Roads. The two roles are varied with a wide range of
projects and issues enabling Lindy to work in partnership
with business, industry and the community of North Queensland.
In her second term Lindy was Parliamentary Secretary to
the Minister for Health and Minister Assisting the Premier
on Women's Policy.
Her diverse interests involve her in many legislative committees
including Premiers, Education and the Arts, State Development
and Innovation, Attorney-General and Justice, Transport
and Main Roads. She was also Co-Chair of the Multicultural
Women's Advisory Committee and Chair of the Labor Women's
Caucus until 2004.
Lindy is also a Member of the James Cook University Council,
Member of the Lifeline Board of Governance and Member of
the Museum of Tropical Queensland Advisory Committee as
well as being Patron of many community and sporting organisations
in the Townsville region. Lindy has a large blended
Queensland has over 1000 protected areas in national
parks, state forests and related conservation areas. These
areas provide a foundation for Queensland's ecotourism industry,
one of the state's fastest growing tourism sectors. Each
year, approximately 16.2 million visits are made to national
parks and other Queensland protected areas. In 2003-2004,
visitors to Queensland's National Parks spent over $1 billion,
contributing $439M to Queensland's Gross State Product.
Queensland is a world leader in the provision of high quality,
diverse Ecotourism and nature-based tourism experiences.
The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) is the
key managing agency for Queensland's protected areas and
aims to balance the needs and interests of visitors to national
parks with the mandate of preservation. QPWS wants visitors
to feel welcome in parks and to enjoy the wonderful opportunities
that parks provide. At the same time, QPWS needs to be sure
that visitors are safe, and that visits are not causing
damage to the environment or the facilities provided.
The management of protected areas to provide sustainable
use by both commercial and independent visitors is becoming
increasingly complex. Innovative initiatives are required
to cater for Queensland's domestic population and anticipated
tourism growth. In developing these initiatives, QPWS is
aiming to provide the tourism industry with a more stable
operating environment and facilitate effective environmental
management by operators. QPWS recognises that commercial
tourism operations play a vital role in the presentation
and interpretation of natural areas.
This paper will explore the initiatives (such as the tourism
in protected areas framework, tourism forums and tourism
liaison officers) my Agency has developed to assist in building
an efficient, effective and sustainable tourism industry
on our precious protected area estate.