The sad thing is that none of this is necessary. Private operators can already guide paying customers into our national parks without building new structures, and without compromising wilderness values. Developers argue that their proposals are about employment but there are far better ways of creating jobs in national parks that don’t involve constructing mini villages that permanently disfigure or damage our natural heritage. The problem actually lies in the fact that developers see a national park as a cheap marketing tool. They recognise how much we love our parks, and would largely prefer to have their accommodation complexes built one kilometre inside a park boundary than one kilometre outside it – it makes it easier for marketers to convince customers of its beauty.

There’s one other thing common to many of these proposals: secrecy. This is what is changing. While government departments and private entities attempt to keep the details of proposed developments hidden, shines a light on these proposals. This is a space to keep track of developments in national parks and other public lands across Australia, and highlight the shift of focus of National Parks’ Services across the country from protection to profit.

So get involved now. The fight against these proposals will not be easy. But in the history of this country, so much of our greatest natural heritage has only been protected after protracted struggle. And if you know of a national park that’s in developers’ sights that’s not on this website, let us know. Public knowledge is the key to fighting this scourge.