Speaking up on behalf of local businesses is an important part of the job I do in our community
While I have been visiting local businesses in recent times, I have heard about a number of issues regarding State government regulation and initiatives.
Where I can help out and take up an issue for a local business, I have. For instance, I heard a suggestion from Lyndon and Nick at ARB 4X4 Accessories at North Lakes that we create one beach permit for all beaches up and down Queensland. At the moment people have to buy separate (and expensive) permits for Fraser Island, Bribie Island and Double Island Point.
I raised their suggestion with the Minister for the Environment. I heard back that a review of vehicle access permits for all recreation areas is currently underway with the aim of reforming the existing arrangements to provide a better permit structure.
The suggestion for a vehicle access permit for accessing multiple recreation areas, via the current permit review, is being considered as part of the broader work around national park fees and charges now underway.
I’ve let Lyndon and Nick know that the department recognises that the resulting inconsistencies in permit fees and durations have concerned some recreation area visitors. Many recreational four-wheel drive owners are providing feedback suggesting the current arrangements for vehicle access permits are to complex and not meeting their requirements.
Well done to Lyndon and Nick for raising this with me! Beach driving is a very popular activity in our communities and in Queensland, with over 192,000 vehicle access permits issued in 2017-2018.
Remember, the fees collected by the department for camping and vehicle access to these areas are reinvested to provide better facilities and services for visitors, including track maintenance and campground facilities.
If there is a State government tissue that is on your mind, feel free to contact me at my office on 3448-2100.