LNP can­di­dates turn down chance to air views at com­mu­nity meet­ing

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - LEA EMERY

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.

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