Labor State Government sells historic caravan site out from under Caloundra’s nose

State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle wants to know who in the Palaszczuk Labor Government signed off to give freehold title on one of Caloundra’s most valuable pieces of land to a developer.

It comes as the Caloundra community was only this week made aware that the State Government converted the Tripcony Hibiscus Caravan Park lease from leasehold to freehold, just eight years after promising it would remain as public land for the next 30 years.

“Not only did this Labor Government sign the papers to freehold land they promised they would not freehold, but this is a Government that blatantly sold an asset after saying they would not sell assets,” Mr McArdle said.

“To add insult to injury, they have sold away public land without telling the people of Caloundra, and they will not disclose how much money they made off the sale.

“Back in 2007-08 the lease on this site was coming to an end and there was much community debate about what should happen to such an iconic and valuable pieces of Caloundra land. On 27 April 2008, Premier Anna Bligh and Minister Craig Wallace attended Caloundra to announce that one of the State’s oldest coastal camping grounds would be retained so Queensland families could continue to enjoy affordable beach holidays on the Sunshine Coast.

“Importantly, and I would say critically, this Government did not consult with anyone in Caloundra about their intentions to freehold and sell an iconic parcel of land.

“There was a clear, moral obligation for the Palaszczuk Labor Government to do the right thing and they have failed this important test.

“We will never get this land back and the legacy is a government that failed the people of Caloundra!” Mr McArdle concluded.

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