Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Island Licence 'Vital'

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Island Licence 'Vital'

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Emily Prain

emily.prain@news-mail.com.au

BUNDABERG North Burnett Tourism (BNBT) is continuing its fight to increase tourist numbers on Lady Musgrave Island, despite its application being knocked back by Queensland Parks and Wildlife service.

Only two tourism licences are currently available for the pristine island, located in a national park, which can only be accessed via a tour operator in 1770.

But the leading tourism group, which holds the third licence, had applied to increase tourist numbers from the 10 passengers two days a week, to 50 passengers five days per week.

"We hold a current permit and what we have been negotiating with Queensland Parks and Wildlife is to extend the permit to a more viable option with more people on to Lady Musgrave," BNBT general manager Rick Matkowski said.

But he said that application to increase the numbers on the permit was declined.

"That is an issue for us when we are in negotiations with investors and operators," he said. …

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