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Emma Kealy encourages more national park ideas

Member for Lowan Emma Kealy has encouraged communities and organisations looking at ways to enhance visitor experiences in national parks to continue exploring ideas.
Ms Kealy made the call in the wake of State Parliament passing legislation that removed the government’s ability to grant 99-year private investment leases within the state’s national parks.
Ms Kealy acknowledged that the legislation, which apart from a couple of exceptions meant private leases in national parks were restricted to 21 years, was a roadblock for concepts that needed long-term guarantees to attract investors.
“While the lease arrangements might be a blow for major development proposals inside national park boundaries, we can still look at fringe areas where we might be able to capitalise on and promote tourism growth,” she said.
The issue surfaced in the Wimmera after the revelation that a major investor had shown interest in backing a multi million-dollar chair-lift concept, which community and business leaders had been investigating, in the Grampians park. One of the key attractions for investing in the project was previous 99-year lease arrangements.
The Victorian Parliament passed the National Parks Amendment – No 99 Year Leases – Bill 2015 last week, fulfilling an Andrews State Government election commitment.

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