Convoy to protest on Rainbow Beach
RAINBOW Beach residents are gearing up for a four wheel drive (4WD) protest today and they want you to come along and join the convoy from Rainbow Beach to Double Island Point.
The protest convoy is designed to show the Queensland Government and the Minister for Sustainability Andrew McNamara beach users are dead against the introduction of beach closures and fees in the region.
Member for Gympie David Gibson will make a brief speech to the protestors at the Rainbow Beach centre block (the protest starting point) at 9.30am before the convoy moves up the beach.
The State Government has proposed the closure of beaches at Inskip and Double Island Points and beach fees of $185.10 a year and $37.10 a month.
President of the Rainbow Beach Commerce and Tourism Association Scott Elms has asked 4WD enthusiasts to support the town and turn up in numbers for the convoy.
Mr Elms said the Rainbow Beach community needed to get the message out to the rest of south-east Queensland and the government, via the state media, that they would no longer be able to drive on the beach for free.
Mr Elms said the proposed changes were threatening the tourism-based economy of Rainbow Beach.