Toogoolawah buggie petition rejected
THE petition for Toogoolawah golfers to drive their buggies from their homes to the greens has been rejected leaving avid golf players frustrated.
Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington said it was “extremely disappointing” the petition requesting golfers to drive to the course was rejected.
She said a response from the Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services, Jo-Anne Miller, said it was not proposed to issue the golf buggy owners a permit at this time.
“It is disappointing the minister has not looked into this issue more closely, as there is a more common sense solution for the community,” Mrs Frecklington said.
For the Toogoolawah golfers, they aren’t requesting to drive kilometres to the course, in some cases its a couple hundred metres in a small regional town.
“A group of the golf buggy owners, including Len Smyth, Alan White and Judy Marschke demonstrated they had the support of the township with 313 people signing the petition,” Mrs Frecklington said.
“This was an excellent petition result and I would have hoped there may have been some flexibility offered to the golf buggy owners.”
Mrs Frecklington said the response stated the issue of allowing buggies permits was an operational decision from the Queensland Police Service.
“The Toogoolawah situation is frustrating as we know that other areas like Cairns and the Gold Coast allow buggy owners to drive on designated routes with the permission of the local police and council,” she said.