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Tourists could be banned from accessing a popular holiday island as part of plans to partially hand over control of the scenic spot to an Aboriginal heritage body.
Drafted legislation going before state parliament this week would give the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation the right to jointly manage Moreton Island off the coast of south-east Queensland.
If passed, the QYAC would have a say in the running of tourist hotspots including the famous Boulders surfing spot and the Cape Moreton lighthouse. © Provided by Daily MailPictured: A woman at Queensland's Moreton Island. Tourists could be banned from accessing the popular holiday island under plans to give an Aboriginal corporation joint control
© Provided by Daily MailAn aerial view of the Shipwrecks near Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island. The island is famous for its lighthouse and surfing spots
Wildlife officials have said they are discussing the possibility of completely closing Cape Moreton to public access as part of the deal.
QYAC said it was not planning on restricting general access to the island.
But a spokeswoman said the organisation may stop tourists from visiting popular sites like the lighthouse unless they are with a designated Aboriginal tour guide.
As part of the changes, it is believed tourism companies already operating on the island will be forced to undergo cultural training, The Courier-Mail reported.
Business owners said they feared being refused permits altogether.
'QYAC would become a regulator as well as an operator,' one operator said. © Provided by Daily MailThe Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation could restrict tourists from visiting the Cape Moreton lighthouse unless they are with a designated Indigenous tour guide
'What hope have we got? We might as well shut our doors.'
The bill to grant the corporation management rights is scheduled to go before parliament on Tuesday.
QYAC said the changes would increase employment among Aboriginal people and allow the park's 'natural values' to be conserved more effectively.
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