Sunset over Glasshouse Mountains
Sunset over Glasshouse Mountains

Premier says no plans to close Glasshouse Mountains

ANNASTACIA Palaszczuk says there are no plans to end climbing on Sunshine Coast mountains like Mt Beerwah amid calls from Traditional Owners for an Uluru-style ban.

Sunshine Coast indigenous elders have called for a ban on people climbing their sacred mountains and an end to the desecration of Mt Beerwah by visitors following the groundbreaking closure of Uluru.

"The Department of Environment and Science as land managers consult with traditional owners on a regular basis on the best way to protect culturally significant sites such as the Glasshouse Mountains," Ms Palaszczuk told The Courier-Mail.

 

Some indigenous elders are calling for the Glasshouse Mountains on the Sunshine Coast to be closed to climbers.
Some indigenous elders are calling for the Glasshouse Mountains on the Sunshine Coast to be closed to climbers.

"While traditional owners have raised concerns and suggested the possibility of closing the mountains to climbers, the department has no plans to do so."

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad says she welcomes a discussion about whether to close the Glasshouse Mountains to climbers in order to respect traditional owners.

Ms Trad said it was the first time she had heard the call but she said the comments would be taken on board.

She said consultation would happen "very much with traditional owners at the centre of that".

But the Deputy Premier said it was "too premature" to be talking about timelines and outcomes to any potential closure.

"It's important that we have the conversation before leaping to actual outcomes," she said.

"I think it's important to be responsive to custom and tradition from traditional owners.

"If there is a custom around the sacred or the non-climbing of particular places then I think we need to be responsive to that.

"But as I said, I think it's the start of the conversation."

Deputy Opposition Leader Tim Mander said the Glasshouse Mountains should remain open to the public.

Mr Mander said the LNP believed the public should have "open access" to the mountain, and that the recent ban on climbing Uluru should not be extended to "many other areas around the state".

"We also believe that local authorities should work with indigenous leaders to make sure they're aware of cultural sensitivities," he said.

"Uluru is iconic in Australia and of course for the Aboriginal people.

"That's an appropriate ban that has happened there."