Native Title part of conditions for flyboarding to start
THE Fraser Coast's hottest new attraction is being delayed by bureaucratic red tape and Larry Burch is not happy about it.
Mr Burch from Aquavue in Hervey Bay is trying to become one of the first commercial flyboard operators in Australia, and he has already received a huge amount of interest in the activity after it recently featured on Sunrise on Channel Seven.
Unfortunately, Mr Burch said his hands were now tied by the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing.
He said NPRSR was demanding Aquavue apply for a new permit to allow flyboarding, even though he already had a valid permit.
Flyboarding works by a jetski pumping water through a hose to keep the rider in the air, and Mr Burch said he already has a permit to use jetskis commercially.
"I understand the bureaucrats are trying to ensure the marine park is not compromised...but they are restricting tourism in this area," he said.
"I'm just sick of it."
Mr Burch said he was told one of the conditions of the permit he had to seek concerned the Native Title Amendment Act 1998.
"What does Native Title have to do with flyboards?" he asked.
Geoff Brittingham, regional director for Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service said Aquavue had submitted an application to amend its permit for jetski operations in Great Sandy Marine Park, and the application was being assessed.