David Gibson is staying committed to working on scrapping beach fees.
David Gibson is staying committed to working on scrapping beach fees. Craig Warhurst

LNP beach fee fight

BEACH fees remain a hot topic down at Rainbow Beach with the majority of people surveyed yesterday saying they still want the fees scrapped.

LNP Member for Gympie said he would stand by his promise, made when the fees came into effect at the end of 2010, to try and abolish the fees.

He was speaking at Rainbow Beach yesterday where he had, just one day before, attended a public meeting with Shadow Minister for Environment Andrew Powell, to hear first-hand the impact beach permits have had on the town.

"The LNP is committed to getting rid of unnecessary red tape and regulations and it's committed to opening up our national parks to the public," Mr Gibson said.

Mr Powell agreed saying tourism was critical to jobs.

"The LNP understands the importance of tourism to Queensland's economy and to destinations like Rainbow Beach. We want to ensure we are doing all we can to grow our economy to reduce unemployment in the state to 4% in six years. We are also keen to encourage Queenslanders to enjoy our protected areas - not to lock them out," Mr Powell said.

4WD enthusiasts have long campaigned against the fees, with many simply refusing to drive on the beach.

Mr Gibson said Labor's permit fees were a "classic example of an inefficient regulation" that discouraged people from accessing national parks and he was sure they would be reviewed and possibly reversed.

Rainbow business owner Sandy Brosnan has said the fees wrecked weekend trade.

Gympie Times


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