LNP to vote on coastal highway and doubled rail line

SHOULD we double the North Coast railway line from north of Caboolture to near Gladstone?

Should we acquire land for a coastal highway linking the Sunshine Coast to south of Bundaberg?

These are just two of the motions Queensland LNP party members will vote on during a state convention from Friday to Sunday - both from the Wide Bay State Electoral Council.

Members will also vote on whether the Royal Australian Mint should cease production of the five cent coin and whether all cigarette filters sold in Australia be biodegradable by 2020.

The Pumicestone wants Australian Eastern Standard Time advanced 30 minutes on a permanent basis while the Mermaid Beach SEC wants pepper spray legalised for self-defence.

The LNP Policy Standing Committee will call upon the Queensland Government to investigate the potential for establishing a "medical" carriage on existing Queensland Rail services between Brisbane and Rockhampton for patient transport.

The Rockhampton State Electoral Council wants to urge the Queensland Government to rule out 100% FIFO mines, which would mean locals get first option on mining jobs.

Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney last month said the LNP would not support any 100% FIFO mines beyond two already approved.

The Wide Bay region wants the LNP to work with the Federal Government to consider planning and acquiring land for a coastal highway linking the Sunshine Coast with the Cooloola Coast road and Goodwood Rd, south of Bundaberg.

The vocal group will also seek status as "a region in need" and ask for favourable grants and programs to "generate employment and improve the socio-economic status of the region to a level in line with the state average".

It also wants the LNP to call on the Commonwealth Government to consider making part of Centrelink payments in voucher form for recipients to buy food, pay for utilities to ensure a better lifestyle for children and dependents of recipients.

The Wide Bay SEC also wants the progressive upgrading of the Bundaberg Port to cater for larger ships.

There are also motions from the Wide Bay and Gympie SECs seeking an infrastructure plan for the Mary Valley for increased water security, flood mitigation and hydropower.

The Nanango SEC wants the Queensland Government to forgo its 50% of fees collected from landholders obtaining roadside grazing permits issued in drought declared areas so long as the relevant local government authority also forgoes its 50% share of fees.

The Condamine SEC wants to endorse the government's crackdown on criminal motorcycle gangs while the Young LNP commends the government's "measured approach to drinking regulations".

LNP president, Bruce McIver said the discussion of resolutions reflected the LNP's position as a democratic party for all Queenslanders.

"The ability of party members to submit and openly debate resolutions is a clear demonstration that the LNP is a dynamic and truly democratic party where the power rests with our individual members. In the LNP, all members have the opportunity to contribute to the future policy direction of the LNP," he said.

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