Tower Hill and Budj Bim National Park going to rack and ruin under Labor.

Media Release
21 November 2018

Tower Hill and Budj Bim National Park going to rack and ruin under Labor.

Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell says Daniel Andrews and Labor have let two key tourism hot-spots go to rack and ruin.

Mrs Britnell said she has been contacted by a number of people concerned about weeds, overgrown walking tracks and inadequate and unclean facilities at Tower Hill State Game Reserve and Budj Bim National Park.

“I’ve been shown photos and seen for myself huge amounts of weeds, walking tracks that are impassable because they are so overgrown and toilet facilities which need significant work,” she said.

“When Denis Napthine was Premier, both of these parks had dedicated, full-time Park rangers – responsible for the day-to-day management, including interacting with visitors, maintaining facilities, protecting natural and cultural values, implementing pest control programs, fire protection activities and working with the local community.

“But when Daniel Andrews came to power he took those important resources away.

“It’s really not good enough, the community and traditional owners are doing the best they can to keep on top of it, but there’s no support or resources from Government.”

She said if elected to Government on Saturday, the Liberal Nationals would look at reinstating park ranger positions as well as other ways to help manage invasive pests and better look after the parks.

“There could be an opportunity for greater use of the Green Army or for eco-tourism opportunities – there are people who want to come and work on environmental projects while they are on holidays. There are easy solutions to the problems we are seeing.

“Unfortunately Daniel Andrews answer is to cut resources and to let these important tourism spots go to rack and ruin.”