Keep kneejerk commentary in check
MEMBER for Gympie Tony Perrett has warned against wild speculation as investigations into the Inskip Point sinkhole continue.
"Kneejerk commentary... needs to be kept in check to safeguard the region's reputation as a desirable camping destination," Mr Perrett said.
The State MP said calls by The Gympie Times to not get carried away... were reflected in conversations he had with local emergency services, businesses and residents.
"It is important that overreaction does not dictate any decisions for the area," MrPerrett said.
"I spent the day yesterday at Rainbow Beach being given an on-site briefing by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service officers, and other campers who assisted those in danger on Saturday night."
Mr Perrett said the job now was to make sure that conjecture and speculation on the causes do not override sensible and cautious investigation.
"I spoke to local business owners and residents who are concerned that hastily formed conclusions could harm the region's reputation as a great tourist and camping destination," he said.
"Calm heads should prevail.
"I have written to the Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection, Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef, Hon Steven Miles, pointing out that Saturday's event can cause a lot of speculation about the possible response of government and the probable impacts on local industries, communities and activities.
"I have asked him to keep me closely informed of future updates and any determinations regarding the management of the area.
"This is important to be able to allay the concerns of local residents and visitors to the region.
"I also would like to congratulate local QPWS officers, police and SES workers on how quickly they established precautionary safety measures and spent time assuring other holidaymakers they could be confident about the safety of the region.
"From reports with those who viewed it first-hand I am amazed that no one was hurt in the confusion as events unfolded on the night."