Prince Harry, wife Meghan Markle and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on the Kingfisher Bay Jetty in 2018.
Prince Harry, wife Meghan Markle and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on the Kingfisher Bay Jetty in 2018.

A right royal idea to protect our forests: A Princely idea.

WHAT better place for Prince Charles to put his brush with coronavirus well behind him once international travel resumes than a visit in Noosa to help spark a local tourism recovery that it made in the shade?

Pomona local Nathanael Ford is keen for the future King to declare Noosa’s five national parks part of the Commonwealth-wide Queen’s Canopy Initiative.

Mr Ford said this royal recognition protects parcels of land for future generations and would help spark a green recovery from the COVID-19 financial crisis.

The recent council candidate is calling on the Noosa Council and Queensland Government to have the Noosa National Park, Tewantin National Park, Tuchekoi National Park, Mount Pinbarren National Park and Woondum National Park all given this special status.

He said the program recognises the efforts formally throughout the Commonwealth of Nations by governments and communities at all levels.

“These (Noosa) parks are world class and one is used to host Pomona’s King of the Mountain,” Mr Ford said.

“As part of the recognition, Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, would come to Australia and officially recognise them.

“This would, especially post COVID-19, be a boon for the Noosa Shire and Noosa Hinterland, especially to have the future King of the Commonwealth, come and visit.”

Noosa National Park. Photo: John McCutcheon
Noosa National Park. Photo: John McCutcheon

Mr Ford said to date only two national parks in Australia, Fraser and Bulburin National Park, have been recognised … both in Queensland and both within driving distance of Noosa.

After the Prince had declared the special world status to K’Gari, the island received a follow up visit from his son Prince Harry and wife Meghan in 2018 to unveil the Queen’s canopy plaque.

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Images were shown to millions around the globe of the then royal couple meeting and greeting locals before an overnight stay and publicity tourism campaigns could not buy.

“This program is vitally important for recognising valuable forests, reserves and national parks throughout the Commonwealth of Nations and would recognise the efforts made here locally,” Mr Ford said.

“Especially in a post COVID-19 world, having our future King here would be a tremendous boost for the Noosa hinterland.”

At the time of Prince Charles’s K’Gari declaration, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it would assist and enhance ongoing conservation activities on the island.

“K’gari is one of the only places in the world where rainforest trees grow in the sand to heights of more than 200 metres, while Bulburin boasts over 300 animal and 550 plant species,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“Our extraordinarily diverse forests are a source of pride for all Queenslanders.”


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