There are pros and cons to the push to get mainland Cooloola World Heritage listed.
There are pros and cons to the push to get mainland Cooloola World Heritage listed. Bronwyn Moore

Benefits for mainland Cooloola of World Heritage listing

FEDERAL Labor candidate for Wide Bay Lucy Stanton wants World Heritage listing over the mainland Cooloola region as well as Fraser Island.

World Heritage areas are places of beauty and wonder; mystery and grandeur; memory and meaning. In short, they represent the best Earth has to offer.

Listing mainland Cooloola could mean an end to the commercial net fishing which produces the byproduct needed to feed the dolphins at Tin Can Bay, so that tourist operation would suffer and potentially close.

But there would be benefits for the region aswell , not the least being the international attention and funding.


  1.  Would give the Cooloola mainland international recognition, promoting local and national pride.
  2. Would attract greatly increased tourist visitation from within the country and overseas. For example, Australian icons such as Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, the Tasmanian Wilderness and the Great Barrier Reef have featured heavily in tourism promotions.
  3. Would provide tourism and management-related employment opportunities and income for local communities.
  4. Would improve regional planning and management.
  5. Would improve visitor interpretation and other facilities, enhancing the visitors' experience.

Universal value' is the key to the meaning of World Heritage. It means that the importance of World Heritage properties transcend national boundaries. Their qualities are extraordinary so that no matter which country they are found in, and who experiences them, they evoke a sense of wonder and admiration.

As of July 2015, 1031 sites were World Heritage listed: 802 cultural, 197 natural, and 32 mixed properties, in 163 states parties.

According to the sites ranked by country, Italy is home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites with 51 sites, followed by China (48), Spain (44), France (41), Germany (40), Mexico (33), and India (32). UNESCO references each World Heritage Site with an identification number; however, new inscriptions often include previous sites now listed as part of larger descriptions. Consequently, the identification numbers exceed 1,200, even though there are fewer on the list.


The map below shows Queensland's seven World Heritage listed sites. How many have you been to? Tell us in the comments.

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