‘Grown-up’ state cuts compo for national park injuries
VISITORS to national parks who behave foolishly or disobey rules, and are injured due to their actions, soon will no longer be able to sue the State Government for compensation.
New laws to be introduced into State Parliament next week by Minister for National Parks, Steve Dickson, will limit the state's legal liability to issues of negligence.
"We are acting like a grown-up government, but what we want the people of Queensland to do is take responsibility for their actions," Mr Dickson, the Member for Buderim, said.
The new laws will apply to those climbing in the Glasshouse Mountains, for example, if they ignore warning signs.
"If you go into an area where signs have told you not to go into, you do so at your own risk," Mr Dickson said.
"If you want to participate in inappropriate activities, you take full responsibility for it. It's a choice you make."
The law change follows the government paying out millions in compensation for those injured after disregarding signage or recklessly entering danger zones at national parks. A further nine ongoing cases could result in $11.9 million in payouts.
Visitors who are doing the right thing but suffer injury not of their own doing may still have the option to seek compensation.
"If we were to be negligent, we deserve to be sued, but we'll never put ourselves in that position," Mr Dickson said.