LNP members get behind coastal highway and rail expansion

LNP party members voted in favour of approaching government for a coastal highway linking the Sunshine Coast to Bundaberg and to double the North Coast railway line up to Gladstone.

They also agreed the Royal Australian Mint should cease production of the five cent coin and that all cigarette filters sold in Australia be biodegradable by 2020.

But they rejected suggestions the east coast of Australia should all advance 30 minutes in time and that pepper spray should be legalised for self-defence during a state convention in Brisbane at the weekend.

Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss has suggested the coastal highway idea was worthy of further investigation while the Queensland Tourism Industry Council also backed the idea.

Robert Dow, from Rail Back on Track, said the North Coast rail duplication would get freight off the Bruce Hwy which would reduce damage to roads and reduce road trauma from crashes.

The LNP Policy Standing Committee successfully voted to call upon the Queensland Government to investigate the potential for establishing a "medical" carriage on existing Queensland Rail services between Brisbane and Rockhampton for patient transport.

The Rockhampton State Electoral Council also voted to urge the Queensland Government to rule out 100% FIFO mines, which would mean locals get first option on mining jobs but the LNP has already made that commitment.

The Wide Bay region successfully sought permission to ask the LNP to call on the Commonwealth Government to consider making part of Centrelink payments in voucher form for recipients to buy food, pay for utilities to ensure a better lifestyle for children and dependents of recipients.

The Wide Bay SEC also got the go ahead to ask for the progressive upgrading of the Bundaberg Port to cater for larger ships.

The Nanango SEC motion asking the Queensland Government to forgo its 50% of fees collected from landholders obtaining roadside grazing permits issued in drought declared areas, so long as the relevant local government authority also forgoes its 50% share of fees, can also go ahead.

Members also voted to endorse the LNP's crackdown on criminal motorcycle gangs and commend the government's "measured approach to drinking regulations".



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