Fairway to go for Imbil Railway Golf Course
PUBLIC liability insurance seems to be one of the complications in continuing tension over Imbil's unapproved railway golf course.
Imbil golfing enthusiasts have for 14 years enjoyed bureaucracy-free golfing on railway department land, leased to the old Mary Valley Heritage Rail association.
But times have changed and now, with the emergence of a new oversight body, the Rattler Railway Company, it seems someone has noticed that the golfers no longer really seem to have anyone's permission to be there.
Nearby parts of the land, possibly infringing on the land itself, have been set aside for a "rail trail" walking track from Imbil to Brooloo, to make use of the disused railway land, owned by the Transport Department.
Rattler Railway Company board members have expressed concern about public liability insurance, or the lack thereof.
The Imbil golfers, who have maintained their operation without it, say they are incorporated and do not need it.
But Gympie MP Tony Perrett says this is not how others interpret the incorporated bodies legislation, which specifically requires such bodies to have relevant insurance, to provide for compensation to anyone injured as a result of association activities.
Mr Perrett said the Transport Department had planned to remove golfing infrastructure from the site.
"I hadn't been involved in the issue and I didn't know a lot about it," he said, adding that he had contacted the office of Deputy Premier Jackie Trad.
"From the information I've received, there was an informal agreement with the MVHR.
"From there, I don't know if any formal agreement is in place.
"But it is important to sit down as soon as possible with all the parties, the Transport Department, the Rattler company and the Gympie Regional Council to draw up any final agreement on the golf course," Mr Perrett said.
Meanwhile the Imbil Heritage Park association wonders why it has bothered paying for electricity and water at the site for 14 years.