Dickson denies NPA claims
NATIONAL Parks Minister Steve Dickson has denied alleged ulterior motives behind investigations of allegedly questionable dealings involved in the Noosa Parks Association's lease on the Double Island Point lighthouse.
A spokeswoman for Mr Dickson denied the probe was timed to reflect badly on NPA stalwart and Noosa mayoral candidate Noel Playford.
She said the government had engaged law firm Minter Ellison months ago to look at the processes for the lighthouse lease.
The probe had also looked at another matter at Springbrook on the Gold Coast and had nothing to do with the upcoming elections for the newly reinstated Noosa Council.
Gympie MP David Gibson said he had been seeking such a probe for years and the report and other documentation showed that the NPA was not the preferred tenderer for the lighthouse.
Mr Dickson said the issue raised serious questions.
The move also coincides with the recent call by Mr Dickson and Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey for innovative ecotourism concepts for national parks.
He said the LNP would find a way forward for Queensland ecotourism.
The Government would give proper recognition "to the fact that the state's greatest competitive advantage is our unique natural environment."