Newry Islands National Park Amenity Upgrade Protects Reef

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) has invested $180,000 in upgrading facilities at Newry Islands National Park off Mackay, protecting the Great Barrier Reef and culturally significant areas while ensuring a safe and comfortable experience for visitors. visitors.

The replacement facilities provide an improved waste management system for popular campgrounds and day-use areas on Newry and Rabbit Islands.

As Newry Islands National Park is located within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, protecting the natural environment from litter is a key priority.

The work was delivered by regional supplier Dirtscapes Outdoor Developments who used local barge operators, machine hire and material suppliers.

The QPWS has worked closely with the traditional owners of Yuwibara through the Yuwi Aboriginal Corporation to provide a cultural heritage orientation to contractors and oversee fieldwork to ensure that the important cultural heritage of the region was not affected by the project.

The old pit toilets on Newry and Rabbit Islands were replaced with vault toilets in new locations that would be easily serviced by barge.

By relocating the facilities, tidal and groundwater impacts have been reduced, thus avoiding pollution of the surrounding environment.

These “vault” toilet systems address environmental concerns and were first built in campgrounds in the Whitsunday Islands National Park in 2016.

As part of the Newry Islands National Park upgrades, the QPWS has improved toilet designs and used the latest features to support advances in pumping systems.

Planning for the project began in March 2021 with installations completed on February 4, 2022.

The project was funded by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the QPWS Field Management program.

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