11 Nov 2010

Australia's own Booderee National Park took out a global responsible tourism award in London

Booderee won the best conservation of cultural heritage category at the Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards 2010, competing against tourism organisations from across the world.

According to the judges, "Booderee is proof that a partnership between government and a marginalised community can work to protect cultural heritage through long-term conservation goals. The Park's Botanic Gardens is the only Aboriginal-owned botanic garden in existence. The judges recognised the partnership for preserving the privacy of the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community within the sanctuary zone, and using tourism to the National Park for securing their livelihoods. With 430,000 visitors a year bringing in 1.2 million Australian Dollars and with 80% of the workers Indigenous and living within the park, the future plan for the community to take over sole management of the park alone is very real."

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