Further development of ecotourism and a National Koala Park is a must, thanks to the incredible natural assets we have stretching from the coast up to Dorrigo.
– Dominic King, Mayor of Bellingen Shire
The Great Koala National Park would provide opportunities for small business establishment to run nature-based experiences, jobs in the service industries and jobs in forest management and restoration. Importantly, these jobs are sustainable, secure and satisfying.
Tourism is one of Australia’s biggest industries, and protected areas are a key driver of regional economies. The last estimate of the value of the koala to Australia was $3.2 billion per year. They’re just too valuable to lose!
Designs have already been made for a gateway visitor centre to be situated on the Pacific Highway to house a koala hospital, café and education centre, to act as a launch point for koala spotting in Bongil Bongil National Park. The GKNP would offer opportunities for outdoor recreation and adventure tourism—one of the fastest growing tourism sectors. And of course, with increased visitation comes opportunities for small businesses and individuals to take advantage of the new national park and direct employment through the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
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