National Parks and Ecotourism Forum

Queensland has the lowest percentage of national parks and protected areas in Australia. At 5% of land area as national park, our State Government has a long way to go to reach the International standard and Queensland target for national park and other protected areas of 17%.

The Forum will be presented in two parts with speakers and Q & A for each part. The topic for Part 1 is the urgent need to expand our protected areas by double within 10 years.

The topic for Part 2 explores the role of tourism in national parks, its impacts and benefits and management.

Light refreshments and live music by a local artist will commence at 5:30pm.

Bookings are essential as seating is limited through Eventbrite.

This is a COVID Safe Event.

Expert Speakers – Part 1 Double our National Parks in 10 years

Laura Hahn– Conservation Principal

National Parks Association of Queensland

Prof. Hugh Possingham –Qld. Chief Scientist, Qld. Gov

Senior Research Fellow, Uni of Qld.

Nick Weinert – Executive Director, Protected Area Strategy

Department of Environment, Qld. Gov


Part 2 – Ecotourism: Impacts, Benefits and Management of NPs

Expert Speakers

Fiona Wright – Executive Director for Ecotourism Development

Department of Environment, Qld. Gov

Dr. Sally Driml – Honorary Senior Lecturer, Tourism

University of Qld.

Sonya Underdahl – Ecotourism Researcher

PhD Candidate, Uni of Qld.


Where: Auditorium at Robina Community Center

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10 June 2021


6:00 PM - 9:00 PM



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Robina Community Centre
196 Robina Town Centre Drive, Robina