News

Push for camping at unique Mt Scoria

Thangool Inc president Ken Stanley, John Griffiths and vice-president David Bawden hope this latest push to have camping allowed at Mt Scoria is successful.
Thangool Inc president Ken Stanley, John Griffiths and vice-president David Bawden hope this latest push to have camping allowed at Mt Scoria is successful.

JOHN Griffiths thought his fight to have camping allowed at Mt Scoria had been dealt a knock-out blow in 2005.

But a recent push from Banana Shire Council could see Mr Griffiths finally win his battle.

The council wrote to the Minister for National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing requesting camping be permitted at Mt Scoria Conservation Park.

Banana Shire manager administration and community services Sandy Pearl said the council agreed to lobby the government after receiving a request through its Tourism Advisory Committee.

Central Telegraph contacted the Minister for a comment, however, all the department said was to confirm the request from council was received and a response was being prepared.

John Griffiths and the Thangool Advancement Sport and Recreation Association had been lobbying Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services since the late '90s to have free camping at Mt Scoria.

Mr Griffiths said in 1998, at a public meeting in Biloela's Civic Centre, everybody who attended, including QPWS, agreed to a plan to upgrade the recreation area at Mt Scoria. This plan included a small grassy area for 24-hour camping.

"However, the Labor government reneged on the offer."

In February 2005, Thangool Advancement Group's request for a camping site was rejected, with the Minister stating camping facilities at Mt Scoria would compete with private camping and accommodation providers in Biloela and Thangool, which could result in a potential loss of earnings for these operators.

John Griffiths said he was hopeful with a change of government the group might have a chance of getting a camping area established.

"It would be great for the town and great for Mt Scoria, but we won't get too excited until we hear what the minister has to say."

Thangool Inc (chamber) president Ken Stanley said having grey nomads and other travellers stay overnight at Mt Scoria would be a boost for the town.

"At the moment there are no free camping sites around Thangool or Biloela, so these types of travellers just drive through town on their way to their next free camping destination," Mr Stanley said.

"If we can get them staying here for short periods, they would be more inclined to purchase goods at stores in Thangool and Biloela.

"Mt Scoria is a unique attraction, and we should be doing everything possible to attract more visitors to it."

Thangool Inc vice-president David Bawden said decades ago, before camping was banned at the base of the mountain, there used to be many popular events held at the conservation park.

He said events held there would mean people would stay the night after the events.

"But since camping was banned and the park's status changed, not as many people visit the site."


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Ipswich MP wants "royal commission into black lung"

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services, Minister for Corrective Services and Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller at the official swearing-in ceremony when Queensland Parliament resumed in Brisbane. Photographer: Liam Kidston. POOL IMAGES: FREE FOR EDITORIAL USE IN PRINT AND ONLINE

MP and coal miner's daughter wants royal commission into black lung

Callide power station owner enters receivership

Callide C power station (right) nestled in next to the highly-visible Callide B station (left) at Biloela.

IG Power elects not to make $50 million payment.

Biloela hosts CQ BMX championships

Riders at the BMX Queensland Central Zone Championships take to the track at the Callide Valley BMX Club. Photo Andrew Thorpe / Central Telegraph

Local riders lead the pack as track pasts first test.

Latest deals and offers

Bloody freezing! How cold was it where you are?

In case some of us were tricked into thinking it would be smooth sailing weather wise for the rest of winter, Queenslanders are waking up to icy temperatures

Ipswich MP wants "royal commission into black lung"

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services, Minister for Corrective Services and Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller at the official swearing-in ceremony when Queensland Parliament resumed in Brisbane. Photographer: Liam Kidston. POOL IMAGES: FREE FOR EDITORIAL USE IN PRINT AND ONLINE

MP and coal miner's daughter wants royal commission into black lung

Callide power station owner enters receivership

Callide C power station (right) nestled in next to the highly-visible Callide B station (left) at Biloela.

IG Power elects not to make $50 million payment.

Biloela hosts CQ BMX championships

Riders at the BMX Queensland Central Zone Championships take to the track at the Callide Valley BMX Club. Photo Andrew Thorpe / Central Telegraph

Local riders lead the pack as track pasts first test.

Nationals in position to strong-arm policy

Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce last month.

Strong showing from regional party boosts case for greater role.

Panthers raise $8K for school chaplaincy

The Biloela Panthers (right, in special uniforms) and Rockhampton Brothers teams observe a minute's silence for suicide victims before the game at the Panthers' home ground last Saturday night.

Teams unite to support cause.

Dr Karl, Barnaby Joyce and 'how to unf*** the planet'

Dr Karl will be at Splendour in the Grass 2016.

Controversy and laughs at Splendour in the Grass panels and forums

The Bachelor host: this year's season is a cracker

The Bachelor host Osher Gunsberg.

GUNSBERG says tonight will be "the best night of TV of the year".

Kerri-Anne Kennerley to Sonia Kruger: "Stay brave"

She said her television peer should "stay brave"

Swimwear designer looking for love on The Bachelor

Noni Janur on her first day of filming.

The 25-year-old is one of 22 women vying for Richie Strahan’s heart

Elena wins MasterChef: “I’m ecstatic and eager to celebrate"

MasterChef Australia 2016 winner Elena Duggan, from Noosa.

NOOSA chefs survive marathon grand final dish by Heston Blumenthal.

Shannen Doherty shaves hair during cancer battle

Shannen Doherty has completely shaved off her hair

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

The climb is slow but property on the way up

Michael Matusik, director of Matusik Property Insights.Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

The improvement would be mild when compared to past cycles