Minister steps in on Midge Point absurdity
IN A last-minute decision, State Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles has asked the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection to ask Mackay Regional Council to hold off on drastic works on the beach at Midge Point.
Artificial fabric was laid by the Midge Point Progress Association at its own expense several years ago to stop further erosion of the beach after cyclone Ului in 2010.
But without the proper permits, the association was threatened with a fine of up to $1.7m unless they removed the geofabric.
Dr Miles said the stay order had been given until he had a chance to visit the beach personally.
"I will invite the mayor to join me at Midge Point, and will ensure the council has all the support it needs to protect the beach without affecting marine life before the geofabric is removed,” he said.
Midge Point Fishing Club president Dolph Lossberg said the beach erosion had always been a "political football” and was critical of the Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan for his inaction and blame of the Palaszczuk Labor government.
"Labor has dropped a bomb on Midge Point because Labor is beholden to the Green movement,” Mr Costigan wrote on Facebook.
Mr Lossberg credited Whitsunday Labor candidate Bronwyn Taha with saving the Midge Point beach from the excavator.
"(She) got on to the minister's office and the rest is history,” he said.
The visit by Dr Miles to Midge Point is expected to coincide with a community cabinet meeting on October 23-24.