In Parliament on 31 May 2012, the new Minister for National Parks made a ministerial statement that appears to bode well for future access to National parks.... Queensland Government Estate Hon. SL DICKSON (BuderimLNP) (Minister for National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing) (9.56 am): Queensland is the lucky state. We have a diverse range of natural beauty, valuable resources and viable land at our back doorstep, but many Queenslanders have either barely glimpsed their own backyard or, worse, never seen it at all. The message from the previous government to Queenslanders, tourists and businesses has been that it is all locked awayyou are not allowed to go there. Under this government the message is loud and clear: our state is magnificent, we want you to see it, we want it to be used for the benefit of all Queenslanders. A sizeable portion of our state comprises Queensland government estate and it belongs to all Queenslanders. There are over 12 million hectares of terrestrial estate and 72,000 square kilometres of marine park waiting to be realised. Access to public land can mean many different things to an array of different people and groups. Moving forward in this government we will work with those at the coalface to define access to Queensland government estate. We will deliver it in a manner consistent with the promises made by this government to grow our four-pillar economy. To support the definition, as the government we will honestly assess the definition and the attributes of the current tenure classifications espoused by the Nature Conservation Act and the manner in which they are utilised. We need to ensure that land that is part of the government estate is classified appropriately so that we are not locking away useable land just because the default option is the easiest one. We need to ensure that we are managing land in a way that interacts positively with modern realities. There is no doubt that there are many areas of Queensland that have high conservation values, and some of them are already recognised as great icons in this state. We will continue to respect and preserve the spaces to conserve our states natural beauty for future generations. We will do this by ensuring the higher protection tenure classifications afforded under the Nature Conservation Act and World Heritage protection are used appropriately. Public land is for public use. Queenslanders are entitled to use the land and they are entitled to derive a benefit from it. As a government, we need to ensure that we can be flexible with public land. We need to strike a balance of the objectives of different stakeholders and give paramount consideration to the benefits to be reaped for all Queenslanders. Inaction, mismanagement and exclusionary attitudes taken by the previous government towards government estates allowed its potential to wither away. We will not sit idly while our state suffers as a result. We will take action. The possibilities and potential of our public land at this time are a wealth yetto be realised, but they will be realised under this Newman government.