UNSIGHTLY: Boats in various stages of disrepair can be found along the Noosa River.
UNSIGHTLY: Boats in various stages of disrepair can be found along the Noosa River. Gail Forrer

Elmes promises $2m clean up

UNSIGHTLY, unloved and rotting river hulks can look forward to a proper burial if Noosa LNP candidate and sitting member Glen Elmes has his way.

But their last resting place will no longer be in the cleanest rated river in south-east Queensland.

On Tuesday, Mr Elmes, flanked by media, took a trip up the Noosa River and pointed out dilapidated, unmoored and potentially dangerous boats, and promised funding of $2 million to put them to rest.

The problems of unsightly hulks and derelict vessels has long been a problem in the Noosa River and Mr Elmes said the cause of this was a lack of funds.

"The problem is a difficult one," he said.

"Due to the difficulty in identifying owners, then locating them and, finally, obtaining their agreement to remove the problem vessels.

"If a negotiated solution was not found, only then could the hulk be removed and that was often an expensive solution and, up until now, funding has not been available."

The Noosa River clean-up is number two in a five-point action plan announced by Mr Elmes.

The first is his ongoing commitment to work on Eumundi-Noosa Road.

The work will re-commence in about two weeks, after the holiday traffic has gone.

Points three, four and five, respectively, include a Noosa Hospital service guarantee, resurfacing of the Noosa Tigers AFL oval and relieving household costs.

Mr Elmes has persistently denied claims Noosa Hospital would be closed down, describing the claims as "mischievous".

He said there was a service agreement in place between Noosa Hospital health providers Ramsey Health and the Queensland government until 2020.

"During this time there will be negotiation for a service agreement with Ramsey Health or another health provider.

"Or it would revert back to Qld Health ownership."

However, he said Lawrence Springborg had made a commitment to keep Noosa Hospital running from 2020 until 2030.

The Noosa Tigers AFL Club benefited from the Noosa incumbent's largesse with a $250,000 grant for resurfacing their grounds.

The benefits would flow on to the club's biggest tenant, the Noosa Farmers Market, along with other event holders.


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