AN innovative new 24-hour number plate recognition system offers more protection for the flora and fauna on Bribie Island, and the new technology could be rolled out on Stradbroke and Moreton Islands.
Minister for the Environment and Great Barrier Reef Leeanne Enoch said the new number plate recognition system will assist Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) rangers monitor all vehicles visiting Bribie Island.
“This advanced number plate recognition system is a first of its kind in an Australian national park entrance and combined with the existing four-wheel drive vehicle access permits, will help ensure that the ecosystem, native animals and turtle hatchlings are observed and not disturbed,” Ms Enoch said.
Cameras have been installed to provide rangers with real time monitoring and accurate visitor vehicle usage numbers and owners of vehicles without a valid vehicle access permit will be issued with a $200 penalty infringement notice.
According to a Department of Environment and Science spokesperson following an evaluation of the new technology, it could be rolled out further to other high profile visitor areas.
“Roll out of the technology to Stradbroke and Moreton Islands would be a matter for the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) to consider,” he said.
Visitor and camping access to North Stradbroke Island and Moreton Island protected areas and beach recreation areas is managed by Quandamooka owned businesses Minjerribah Camping and Mulgumpin Camping respectively under partnership arrangements with the Queensland Government.
“Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) will share the outcomes of the Bribie Island initiative with QYAC for their consideration, and continue to assess and consider strategies to effectively conserve these areas with the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee people,” the spokesperson said.
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