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Old 27-09-2008, 05:16 PM
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Default Double Island point beach permit proposal by Qld Gov

I only just got the end of it on the news the other night. Found this link to the media statement by the user pays Qld Labour gov.

http://statements.cabinet.qld.gov.au/MMS/StatementDisplaySingle.aspx?id=60078

Whats Next or should I say Is there any thing else they can get there grubby little hands on.

Does anyone else have details on this.
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Out of the local news. The protest was mentioned on the TV news last night, what effect it has remains to be seen.

The trouble is, you have a twofold issue, idiots who do not give a toss about the environment in any way shape or form and use it as their own personal hoon playground and garbage tip and the university trained greenie drones with bugger all real world experience who want to shut 'em down.

As long as the idiots keep wrecking the joint the greenies will want it closed. Anybody who has gone there regularly for a lot of years will have noticed who much going up has changed. I've been going up for 20 years but do not bother at all anymore, particularly on a weekend. The only thing missing these days are enough clown suits for the clowns.


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A convoy of 4WD enthusiasts outraged at the government's proposed
beach closures and fees drives from Rainbow Beach to Double Island
Point and back.
Rainbow Beach locals have warned “the fight has only just begun”
after
a 500-strong crowd and about 300 four-wheel-drives formed a beach
convoy several kilometres long to protest the state government’s
proposed changes to beach access in the Rainbow Beach and Noosa
areas.

The convoy drove from Rainbow Beach to Double Island Point and back
to
protest the changes, which include closing Inskip Point and a beach
on
the northern side of Double Island Point to 4WDs, introducing beach
access fees of $37.10 a month and $185.80 a year, bringing the coast
under the Recreational Area Management act and a raft of other
camping-
orientated changes.

Rainbow Beach businesswoman Ruth Modin – the self proclaimed “mother
of Rainbow Beach” – was one of five speakers who railed against the
proposed changes during a rally in the town’s centre before the
protest convoy rolled out.

The introduction of fees would be like cutting one of the tourist
town’s arteries, she said.

“We will slowly bleed to death if this happens.”

After the protest Mrs Modin said she was extremely happy with the
convoy.

“It was a tremendous effort in such a short space of time but we
needed to get the message out to the rest of the state about this
money-grabbing exercise.”

The Rainbow Beach community was prepared to go to the High Court to
fight the changes.

“People have pledged large sums of money,” Mrs Modin said.

“If we have to take this to the High Court, then so be it.

“My grandson, Jack Jones, dug up a quote by Martin Luther King Jnr.

“It sums up our situation – ‘Our lives begin to end when we don’t
fight for things that matter’.”

President of Rainbow Beach Commerce and Tourism, Scott Elms, said the
protest would send a strong message to the minister for
sustainability, Andrew McNamara.

“We had a meeting with him earlier in the week and this reinforces
everything we were saying,” Mr Elms said.

Noosa Parks Association president Ian Seels said the NPA appreciated
that 4WD owners wished to continue using the beach and surrounds, but
the area was being loved to death and something had to be done.

“If not declared a RAM area, the only alternative is a vehicle-free
zone which would result in total exclusion of 4WDs,” he said.

“Surely people do not wish for this?”

Mr Seels said the NPA supported the decision to declare a RAM area as
part of a push for World Heritage listing.

“I understand that residents of Rainbow Beach and surrounds may well
believe they have received a rough deal here, with their beach RAM-
declared whilst their southern neighbours fare much better, with far
fewer restrictions imposed.”

Mr McNamara met with a delegation from Rainbow Beach and Teewah Beach
earlier this week, a spokesman said.

“They said they were not happy at all,” he said.

“They said they would prefer to see a day pass.”

The spokesman said Mr McNamara would “have a look” at their proposal.
“Part of the reason we are doing this is we are applying to have the
area World Heritage-listed,” he said.
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Queensland.
Beautiful one day.
Only for the rich the next.

Another Labour Government who can't control its budget, and relies on slugging the taxpayer.
I'd hate to live near Rainbow beach and own a 6.5m boat!
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i argee with mongy about the idiot thing.unfortunaltely and strangely im in favour of it being user pay.i did hear something like maybe a $250 a year pass.the way it is any one and every one is going up there so the ratio of idoits ruining it for the people that respect it are pretty high.whats worse having to pay for the privilage or have it shut down to us all together eventually.i say bring on the fees and the big fines if your caught with out a permit and maybe it will be a haven for us for a bit longer. normally i would be against this sort of thing and whine on about the old days but its not a case of maybe 10 vehicles a day driving the beach.i think some sort of restriction is needed.
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I agree with Pootrol, some weekends you can't find a spot along the whole beach and the number of hoons that do 100kmh past kids playing at the waters edge is ridiculous, too the point that I wouldn't even bother going up there anymore...
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Could this work as an alternative:

Set a limit on campsites along the whole of the beach, say 300
Set up four fixed speed cameras
Increase fines on beach for illegal camping to confiscation of vechile and all equipment
Increase camp fees from $4 to $5 a night to pay

Idiots reduce, beach far less populated, revenvue can be slightly increased, and the fees dont distinguish whether you have a big or small bank account cause its first in first served.

Bligh came out in the news tonight saying she was going after the green vote. Anyone who thinks this proposal (and the Moreton Bay rezoning ect) is anything but a part of that strategy they must be like me till I opened my eyes.

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i think like all parks/national parks etc it will become a user pay.
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