Rivals come together - almost

THE controversial plan that sparked a challenge for the LNP seat of Gympie has brought two fierce rivals together - well, almost.

Rainbow Beach businessman Scott Elms, who yesterday announced his plan to challenge Member for Gympie David Gibson for LNP pre-selection because of the draft document, has been joined by Inskip Point campaigner Reg Lawler in opposition to the plan.

The men were fierce rivals during the Rainbow Shores Stage 2 court case.

Now they both condemn the two options proposed in the Inskip Peninsula Draft Master Plan, but for very different reasons.

Mr Elms said the plan does not set aside enough land for development and Mr Lawler says it is too much.

Mr Elms claims the plan caps the township's population to just 2000, which would restrict economic growth on the coast.

"We are looking at a plan that landlocks Rainbow Beach forever," Mr Elms said.

"It's not a sustainable critical mass, not even enough to support an 18-hole golf course (a golf course is in both options) let alone other desirable infrastructure."

Mr Elms said a lot of the land set aside for development is swamp area and not suitable for development.

Mr Lawler agrees the proposed plan would never support a golf course and a lot of the land set aside was swamp.

But he says the plan is a "con job" designed to set up a land swap deal with Rainbow Shores.

"Why is there another 200 hectares set aside for development?" he asked

Mr Lawler said Judge Rackemann, in the Rainbow Shores court case, said there was already sufficient capacity within Rainbow Shores Stage 1 to support tourist development for the next 20 years.

He said Mr Elms' claim of a population cap of 2000 was "ridiculous" and estimated a population more like 7500 to 8000 people.

He questioned the detail of the plan, saying the two maps did not explain enough about the idea or any ramifications.

"This not a master plan, it's a map my granddaughter could colour in," Mr Lawler said.

He said that if the plan went ahead Rainbow Beach would be left with an uncertain future.

Gympie Times


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