Posted November 26, 2015 20:58:54

A cabin established by the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation Photo: 1 of two trial eco-cabins established by the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation on Stradbroke Island. (ABC News: Kathy McLeish)

When sand mining on North Stradbroke Island comes to an end the traditional owners say they will be prepared.

The Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) have been trialling two eco-cabins, specially made to showcase cultural values and built to be environmentally sound.

The organisation has plans to roll far more cabins out at locations across the land below lease to Belgian mining giant Sibleco as soon as the sand mining comes to an finish.

QYAC CEO Cameron Costello stated the cabins also incorporated sustainable materials.

“Sustainable design and style, that is what is attractive to the tourism marketplace, it really is a combination of traditional camping elements and supplies with some of the luxurious mod cons that men and women expect,” he stated.

We believe it is time we must be able to let the rest of the community get pleasure from what is down there.

Darren Burns, Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation joint management coordinator

“It is the way of the future. This for us is a international eco-cultural tourism location.”

QYAC’s joint management coordinator Darren Burns mentioned the community just wanted to move on from mining.

“There’s been 60-70 years of mining and it has been a godsend for a lot of the community yes but we just can not go on,” he mentioned.

“We consider it really is time we should be able to let the rest of the community appreciate what’s down there.”

He stated about 40 per cent of the island was under mining lease and a further 20 per cent of the island was inaccessible because of restrictions designed by the mining areas and referred to as on the company to release non-operational leases now.

“We’ve got a 20,000 year old site that was partially mined 30 years ago that we nevertheless can not get community access to,” he mentioned.

‘It’s a tall order to replace mining with something let alone tourism’

National Parks Minister Steven Miles said Stradbroke Island was completely positioned as a cultural tourist site.

“It’s a quite specific spot correct on Brisbane’s doorstop … but locked away from Queenslanders,” he stated.

“It really is the only location in the state exactly where mining leases exist more than the best of national parks. Our national parks are for all Queenslanders to get pleasure from.”

The commitment to end mining in four years was an election promise by the Labor Celebration.

Darren Burns with Cameron Costello Photo: Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation’s (QYAC) joint management coordinator Darren Burns with CEO Cameron Costello. (ABC News: Kathy McLeish)

The Newman Government had extended the timeline for the mining leases to 2035.

In October, Katter’s Australian Party tabled a private members bill with a compromise date of 2024.

But Dr Miles stated today, the transition strategy and a bill to close the mine by 2019 have been expected ahead of the end of this year.

He mentioned they had been determined to meet their election commitment.

“I am confident that the Parliament will pass our bill and will acknowledge that our bill combined with the economic transition technique is a sensible outcome that can set North Stradbroke Island up for a very vibrant future,” he mentioned.

North Stradbroke’s Chamber of Commerce chairman Colin Battersby mentioned it was a “tall order to replace mining with anything let alone tourism”.

But he stated traders and locals have been determined to take a good approach and keen to contribute to the transition strategy.

“So we’ll be searching forward to seeing a plan … get some certainty, move forward and we can all get pleasure from our live once more,” Mr Battersby mentioned.

The sand mine on Stradbroke Island. Photo: The Queensland Government is determined to finish sand mining on Stradbroke Island by 2019.

(ABC News: Giulio Saggin)

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