Tony and Stephanie Haslam local field guides of Noosa's Native Plants.
Tony and Stephanie Haslam local field guides of Noosa's Native Plants. Patrick Woods

SOAPBOX: National parks result of long-fought battles

WHEN most people think of wildflowers they probably don't get images of a battleground.

But the reality is that most of the natural wonders we enjoy were the subject of long-fought battles.

The wars were between developers, loggers or others out to exploit natural resources and those who weren't.

I'm not interested in the mythology sometimes promoted by both conservationists and pro-development types around this: pro-development does not equal wrong or evil, and pro-conservation does not equal right or good.

Nonetheless I'm really happy the Noosa region has so many fantastic, intact ecosystems that seem to be truly healthy.

And I was happy to hear about the wildflower walks being run this week by people like Noosa's Stephanie Haslam, who is realistic about the work behind places like Noosa National Park.

As reported on page 10, yesterday's walk looked at a Banksia heathland at Noosa National Park.

Another one on Thursday takes off from Sunrise Beach.

The wildflowers they were there to enjoy were only able to persist through various proposals to develop the land because of the tenacious and long-fought campaign by Arthur Harrold, founder of Noosa National Parks Association - and probably many others, not to mention indigenous custodians.

It's important that as we go on enjoying the bush, we stay committed to its protection.


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