Camp site crackdown: Party attacks council threat to farmer
THE AUSTRALIAN Workers Party has spoken out against council's threat to hit a dairy farmer with a business-crippling fine for allowing campers on his land.
Dairy farmer Shane Paulger, who runs Kenilworth Camping on his picturesque hinterland property,has been told to stop all camping activities or face a massive $183,150 fine.
Beerwah resident and Queensland President of the AWP Sue Mureau has labelled the council ultimatum as "bureaucratic insanity".
"I think the whole community has been left scratching their heads over this most recent power play by the Sunshine Coast Council," she said.
"The Paulger family have run their farm for over 60 years. It is outrageous for the council to issue such a threat, one which would probably send them out of business."
Ms Mureau said the Sunshine Coast Council has prior form when it comes to officious actions which go against community standards.
"Their infamous decision to destroy the fruit trees planted by the Buderim community as part of their urban food program was bad enough, but this latest one takes the cake.
"What has motivated Mayor Mark Jamieson and his heavy-handed team to crack down so hard upon a local farmer, one could only imagine.
"If council put as much energy into actual community improvements rather than unnecessarily attacking locals, the area would be much happier place.
"Mr. Paulger isn't out to hurt anyone. He simply wants to provide a place for people to relax next to the river on his property.
"Council should be reasonable and leave him alone."
The AWP has called on council to back down on their threats or face an organised backlash at the next local government elections.
"If the Sunshine Coast Council thinks people won't forget this outrageous incursion into the business of a local farmer, then they are stupider than the hair-brained schemes they cook up to disrupt reasonable commercial activities.
"The AWP will ask the local people to join in a campaign to have better, sensible representation for our community.
"I think it is time normal, everyday people took back control of local government from the cold-hearted bureaucrats."