Coast plan splits LNP further

THE divisions in the LNP continue to deepen, with neighbouring MPs Glen Elmes and David Gibson split over the management of the Cooloola Recreation Area.

Climate Change and Sustainability Minister Kate Jones said while Mr Elmes publicly welcomed the plan, including new vehicle permits, his LNP neighbour has announced he’ll be fighting against it.

“When I announced the new Recreation Area Management Plan last week, the Member for Noosa stood next to me and congratulated me on the plan,” Ms Jones said.

“Since then, his colleague the Member for Gympie, has come out bagging it - in stark contradiction to his LNP colleague.

“This just shows the LNP is as divided as ever. It’s a classic case of the Liberal Party and National Party failing to agree on anything. Mr Gibson says he’ll be taking the fight up to Labor - but he’ll clearly have to fight with his own LNP colleagues first. “While the LNP have their heads stuck in the sand, our government will deliver a sustainable future for tourism, the environment and the community in the Cooloola Recreation Area.”

David Gibson in an interview with ABC Wide Bay on Friday, September 24, said, “We saw an announcement yesterday where they’ve decided now to impose a tax on the beach, the 4WDs on the beach around Rainbow Beach. I’ll be taking that fight up to Labor, mate, I’m not going to have time to be twiddling my thumbs.

“I’m just going to be able to ramp it up a bit.”

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