LNP candidates turn down chance to air views at community meeting
FOUR LNP candidates have turned down invitations to appear at a meet-the-candidates meeting organised by two community groups.
The Main Beach Association and Save Our Broadwater are holding a public meeting tomorrow to allow the public to question candidates ahead of the November 25 poll.
Southport MP Rob Molhoek told the Bulletin there were “more votes” in other areas of his electorate.
Surfers Paradise MP JohnPaul Langbroek, Broadwater candidate David Crisafulli and Bonney candidate Sam O’Connor also declined the invite, saying they had “previous commitments”.
Main Beach Association secretary Sue Donovan said the candidates had been invited on Monday.
“Quite clearly this is a block boycott,” she said.
“All knew of the meeting a week ago and it has taken them all week to come up with the same lame excuse that they had a prior commitment.”
A flyer for the meeting shows the topics to be discussed include the future of the Broadwater, The Spit and other public areas owned by the State, changes to planning laws, body corporate regulations, transport, criminal justice and small business issues.
Ms Donovan said all other candidates had agreed to attend except Bonney independent candidate Ron Nightingale who has his own public meeting in Labrador.
He sent his policies on the topics to be discussed to the groups.
When contacted by the Bulletin, Mr Crisafulli simply said he had “prior commitments”.
Mr Langbroek also told the Bulletin he had a prior commitment and sent a screenshot of the LNP’s policy on the area.
Mr Molhoek said he had repeatedly stated that he supports a master plan of The Spit.
Mr O’Connor did not return the Bulletin’s calls.