Rainbow Beach businesses abandon Scott Elms' campaign
RAINBOW Beach businesses yesterday disassociated themselves from the campaign by one of their number, Scott Elms, to destroy Gympie MP David Gibson.
"We're in the business of blue skies and sandy beaches, not politics," said one, who asked not to be named.
"People in Gympie seem to think we are part of the campaign against Mr Gibson, because Mr Elms has identified himself as a business leader and president of the Rainbow Beach Commerce and Tourism Association.
"The last we heard of the association was an announcement by Mr Elms last October that he had not nominated for re-election and nor had any other committee members.
"Mr Elms told us at the time this meant the association could no longer exist legally and we have heard nothing since."
Almost every business in Rainbow Beach yesterday placed on record a call for Mr Elms to be removed from whatever office he may have in the association, if it still exists.
"We just want people to know that Mr Elms and his conflict with David Gibson is nothing to do with us."
The petition, intended for presentation to the association or Mr Elms states:
"We the undersigned hereby declare that we do not agree with the comments and opinions made by Mr Scott Elms, president of the Rainbow Beach Commerce and Tourism Association, during the current media campaign aimed to discredit our local member.
"Mr Scott Elms has lost contact with the majority view of the business and tourism operators of this town and we have lost confidence in his ability to objectively represent the views of this business community.
"It is for these reasons that we are no longer members of this organisation and will continue to refrain from being members while he is in office.
"We hereby encourage any and all current members of the (association) to issue a vote of no confidence in Mr Scott Elms, remove him from office and suspend his membership as soon as possible."