In 2009 the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Nature-Based Tourism Plan was formed by the State Government.
It incorporated four pillars: upgrading the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve; walking trails in Glasshouse Mountains; tourism opportunities in Conondale National Park; and a proposed elevated “Zip Line” canopy tour eco-tourism concept over the top of Obi Obi Valley.
Details of the Zip Line Canopy Tour eco-tourism concept are now to be presented at a community forum in Montville.
The Zip Line concept involves creating a series of cables connected to selected large trees in the Valley, enabling small guided tours to travel between the trees at heights varying between two and 100 metres, council spokeswoman for the government project and divisional councillor for the area, Jenny McKay said.
“The Zip Line experience is an exciting eco-tourism adventure for all ages to enjoy the rainforest from above,” Cr McKay said.
“Guests are fitted into separate harnesses to travel along the cable above the canopy.
“The cable is connected to ‘cloud stations’ which can provide guests with cultural and environmental information about the area.
“One of the best things about the system is that is does not involve installing pylons or other infrastructure on the ground inside the national park.”
The community forum will be held on Tuesday, June 25 at Montville Village Hall at 6.30pm (rsvp email@example.com or 5441 8137).
“Speakers will include State Environment Minister Andrew Powell and National Parks Minister Steve Dickson, along with representatives from State Development, National Parks, Sunshine Coast Destination Ltd, Tourism and Events Queensland, and SEQ Water,” Cr McKay said.
“The concept is at the pre-feasibility stage however it represents a wonderful opportunity to develop a tourism attraction which has only minimal impact upon the pristine environment of the Blackall Range.”