POLARISING: Midge Point remains a political issue following Environment Minister Steven Miles' last minute stay order
POLARISING: Midge Point remains a political issue following Environment Minister Steven Miles' last minute stay order Jarred Sferruzzi

Midge Point political football game continues

MEMBER for Whitsunday Jason Costigan has accused the Queensland Government in parliament of bullying Midge Point residents.

The claim was made despite Queensland Environment Minister Steven Miles issuing a stay order, following DEHP threats to fine the Midge Point Progress Association $1.7million for laying geo-fabric material without permits.

The group undertook the work in an attempt to counter erosion on their beach, which was exacerbated by Cyclone Ului in 2010.

Mr Miles said the stay order would stand until he got a chance to visit the beach.

Mr Costigan said the Environment Minister was orchestrating a public relations stunt ahead of the Community Cabinet.

"I genuinely hope the minister comes to Midge Point, due to the political, community and media pressure,” he said.

"What I think is happening now is the Community Cabinet will come and have their gab fest and go and jab the people in Midge Point again.”

Mr Costigan urged MrMiles to remove any possibility of a $1.7 million fine from "hanging over the group's head”.


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