LNP moves on govt increase in 4WD beach access fees on North Stradbroke Island

The LNP has moved to block what it calls the state government's "Straddie tax" - a four-wheel-drive access permit fee hike.

BUSY: North Stradbroke Island's beaches are often packed with vehicles, making them no place for walkers or children.

BUSY: North Stradbroke Island's beaches are often packed with vehicles, making them no place for walkers or children.

Employment Minister Shannon Fentiman has increased the beach 4WD annual access fees from $47.85 to $158 from November 1, with returns to be reinvested into the island to boost jobs and tourism.

It's caused a stinging attack from the Opposition and criticism from Capalaba MP Don Brown who said it was a poor decision.

Opposition environment spokesman David Crisafulli moved a disallowance motion in Parliament today to reverse Labor's decision to jack up vehicle beach permits.

"Labor's tax is toxic for tourism growth and jobs on the island," Mr Crisafulli said.

"There was no public consultation with local business owners, residents on the island, the four-wheel-drive community or the local council.

"Labor's tax will drive up costs for the island's residents and drive away the visitors local businesses rely on for their livelihood."

ISLAND MESS: Some 4WD owners do the wrong thing.

ISLAND MESS: Some 4WD owners do the wrong thing.

Oodgeroo MP Mark Robinson said the hike was a major blow for the island at a critical time.

"The state government talks about a transition from sand mining but continues to put every hurdle in front of my community to allow this to occur," Mr Robinson said.

"Slugging the island with taxes does not grow tourism numbers and it does not create jobs.

"I met with island residents last week and they are beside themselves about Labor's callous and cruel tax.

"Annastacia Palaszczuk needs to stop gouging Queensland families and scrap her new tax.

"Queenslanders cannot afford Labor. When Labor runs out of money, it comes after yours."

The monthly permit will be $52.

Ms Fentiman said fees would go back into the island to improve tourist facilities, including beach access.

She said most families travelling to Straddie for their annual holiday, would pay only an additional $4.90 above the current fee.

"This is the first comprehensive fee review in nearly a decade.

"It is still more affordable to go four-wheel driving on Straddie than most other islands.

"Residents on the island continue to be eligible for an exemption."

She said permits had increased by more than 1000 over the past two years and almost $1.4 million would be spent on the island's protected areas.

"These include significant improvements to beach access for four-wheel-drives as well as upgrades to Main and Flinders Beach campsites which are due to begin this month and completed before December holidays." When asked if she would reverse the decision, Ms Fentiman did not respond.

Ms Fentiman said it was the first comprehensive review of fees in nearly a decade.