Queenslanders are invited to have their say on the future management of one of the state’s most scenic and remote national parks.
Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park is located in Waanyi Country the north-west highlands of western Queensland and features spectacular gorges, sandstone ranges and World Heritage fossils.
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) worked closely with the Waanyi People to co-design a management plan that protected Boodjamulla’s key natural and cultural features while maintaining great visitor experiences.
Lawn Hill Gorge, with its sandstone cliffs and emerald waters, is a stunning oasis in the outback that attracts an abundance of wildlife and thousands of tourists every year.
The area is special to the Waanyi People, for practicing culture and ensuring their ongoing connection to Country.
The management plan identifies the park’s key values, threats to those values, and how QPWS and the Waanyi People will work together to respond to those threats, while also enhancing tourism and other economic and social development opportunities.
The plan has been developed using a values-based planning framework that is based on international standards and best practice.
All public submissions will be considered before the management plan is finalised.
Waanyi Lore Man and chairman of the Waanyi Prescribed Body Corporate Alec Doomadgee said the management plan was an important document for the Waanyi People as it outlined a cooperative management approach for caring for Country alongside QPWS.
Our people have sustainably lived here for thousands of years, and we will continue to look after this land because it is our connection to our past, our present and our future.
Lawn Hill Gorge was first gazetted as national park in December 1984. Prior to this, it was part of a significant cattle grazing property known as Lawn Hill Station.
The park was extended in March 1992 to include the Riversleigh World Heritage Site which is one of the most significant fossil deposits in the world, and the richest known fossil mammal deposit in Australia.