Friday 12th May 2017

Noosa’s North Shore - No Longer Pristine

State Member for Noosa Glen Elmes MP gave a speech in the Parliament last Wednesday, calling upon the Government to act urgently and allocate better resources and facilities on Noosa’s North Shore. 

“It has become a disgraceful dumping ground for rubbish, toxic amounts of plastics and human waste” said Glen Elmes.

“When the Bligh Government first introduced the vehicle access permits in 2010 to raise revenue from day trippers and campers, they promised that the funds would be used to maintain the pristine conditions along this stretch of beach.

“Not only are there no toilet facilities along the 15km beach camp zone there are also no dumping points and the overworked and under-resourced Rangers are simply unable to cope with the sheer numbers of visitors now accessing this amazing stretch of coastline.

“The local branch of the Surfrider Foundation of Australia is doing a fantastic job of getting volunteers together bi-annually and cleaning up.  To date around $6,7 million has been raised from the vehicle access permit fees since the scheme was introduced but this is clearly not enough to protect the North Shore from the ravages of humans and vehicles.” said Glen Elmes

“Campers have paid their way via permit fees and its time for Minister Miles, his department and his Labor Government to step up and provide the necessary manpower and facilities and fix the problem. 

“At the moment, particularly after holidays and long weekends, the Noosa North Shore is closer to a combination of a tip and a toilet rather than what should be one of our most important tourism and conservation assets.  As well the need for the Government to step up and act, campers acting disrespectfully by polluting the environment should be banned from obtaining permits to visit the North Shore” Glen Elmes said.