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State considers third tourism licence for Lady Musgrave

Lady Musgrave island, part of the Great Barrier Reef’s Capricorn Bunker group of islands, only allows 20 people on the island at a time.
Lady Musgrave island, part of the Great Barrier Reef’s Capricorn Bunker group of islands, only allows 20 people on the island at a time. Contributed

A TOURISM operator has approached the State Government with a plan to expand tourism on Lady Musgrave Island.

Only two tourism licences exist for the pristine island, located in a national park, used by a tour operator in Seventeen Seventy.

But the application for a third license could see visitors jump by 50%.

Local MP for Burnett Stephen Bennett said the State Government was considering the application, made as part of the government's push for more eco-tourism operators in Queensland.

He said a licence should go directly to an operator, rather than be available for an association to grant.

The group already holds the existing two licences, which each let 200 people travel to Lady Musgrave, and only 20 people at a time onto the island itself.

Mr Bennett said the State Government was willing to grant a third license.

"The only stumbling block is the capacity of someone to present their business case," he said.

"We want to promote eco-tourism to our national parks, but it's not going to be at the detriment of the environment.

"We don't want hundreds of people traipsing over Lady Musgrave, so we've got to manage who's got the licenses."

Topics:  queensland seventeen seventy stephen bennett tourism



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