Mackay Conservation Group and conservation organisations across Queensland first started campaigning for Lindeman Island to be protected from development in the 1980s.
In March 1986 a huge community meeting packed the Uniting Church hall in Macalister St to overflowing demanding that the national park not be revoked for an earlier tourism proposal.
It was clear at the time that the community wanted the whole island to be retained as national park and that selling of the park to private developers was not in the interest of the community of Queensland.
The current proposal is yet another attempt by private interests to erode the values of our national parks and yet another attempt to benefit financially from land that has been set aside for all future generations to enjoy.
The Queensland Government has already shown that it is willing to support the project. It will take similar community pressure to save the national park as it did over 30 years ago.