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Wednesday, 6 May 1987
Page: 2700

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled.

The humble petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth:

(1) That Moreton Island has been listed on the Register of the National Estate because of its exceptional scientific, ecological, heritage and recreational values; and

(2) That any sand mining of Moreton Island will result in the destruction of the exceptional scientific, ecological, heritage and recreational values of the Island; and

(3) That Moreton Island has been the subject of detailed investigation resulting in the adoption of a Management Plan by the Brisbane City Council the main aims of which are to conserve in its natural state the quality of its scenery and natural environment and to enhance public enjoyment of it for recreational purposes; and

(4) That Moreton Island represents the last significant area of wilderness close to Brisbane; and

(5) That there is an acute deficiency of National Parks within a 150 kilometre radius of Brisbane; and

(6) That Moreton Island contains Aboriginal relics of immense scientific and cultural importance; and

(7) That Moreton Island represents a major potential tourist resource specifically because of its unspoiled natural scenic attractions; and

(8) That public opinion actively demonstrated over a number of years clearly indicates that most citizens of Brisbane are strongly opposed to any sand mining on the Island, and desire that the whole of Moreton Island with the exception only of existing townships, tourist resort, airstrips and lighthouse reserve should be declared a national park.

Your petitioners, therefore, humbly pray that the Parliament of Australia will:

(a) accept the wishes of the petitioners and the citizens of Brisbane generally and take whatever action is necessary and available to it to prevent sand mining of any description taking place on Moreton Island; and

(b) request the Government of the State of Queensland to take immediate action to declare the whole of Moreton Island to be a national park with the exception only of existing townships, tourist resort, airstrips and lighthouse reserve.

And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.

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