Friends of Parks founder supports fight against development

FRIEND OF PARKS: Friends of Parks SA founder Dene Cordes with Jayne Bates, Dianne Cordes and Heather Olorenshaw at the 39th South Australian Friends of Parks Forum in 2014. Photo: Colin Wilson
FRIEND OF PARKS: Friends of Parks SA founder Dene Cordes with Jayne Bates, Dianne Cordes and Heather Olorenshaw at the 39th South Australian Friends of Parks Forum in 2014. Photo: Colin Wilson

The founder of the statewide organisation Friends of Parks, shares concerns about proposed development of luxury accommodation in Flinders Chase National Park.

Dene Cordes was awarded OAM in 2018 for service to conservation and environment. 

He is calling for a reverse of plans for a “proposed disaster”, not only at Flinders Chase, but also in any other National Parks reserves. 

“As a founder of the statewide organization, Friends of Parks Inc., I do not hesitate to support the Friends of KI Western Districts in their fight to retain the integrity of the majestic and unspoiled Flinders Chase National Park,” Mr Cordes said.

“It is a difficult one, because Friends of Parks Inc, as an organisation, has always been apolitical and sees itself as a support to the department that administers our National Parks Reserves.

“The Western Districts Friends group has an outstanding and sustained record of hard work, vision, close affinity with Ranger staff, and many remarkable projects achieved. 

“This  proposed commercial development in some of the wild areas of Flinders Chase goes against all that has been envisioned and all that has been so brilliantly conserved since 1919. 

“I urge those who have the means of stopping the destructive intentions of building lodges, connecting roadworks, and spoiling all that the National Parks and Wildlife Act upholds, to reverse the plans and proposed disaster – not only at Flinders Chase, but also in any other National Parks reserves.

“The Friends of KI Western Districts Parks Group comprises decent, voluntary, hard-working people who have the respect of Kangaroo Island citizens. 

“I trust that their unprecedented concerns will be listened to, and that many future years of voluntary co-operation can be possible. 

“A Wilderness Trail is a big asset, but commercial exploitation is against all that the park stands for. The Friends feel this hurt and bewilderment so strongly because they care.”

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