Doug Waters from Burrum Heads in a washout on the public road that runs beside his property.
Doug Waters from Burrum Heads in a washout on the public road that runs beside his property. Alistair Brightman

Digging Doug’s State Government meeting postponed

THE State Government has postponed its meeting with Burrum Coast National Park resident Doug Waters till Monday so officials can look over documents.

Mr Waters faced the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on July 8, convicted of damaging the Burrum Coast National Park and fined $7500.

He may also need to pay $15,000 in remuneration to the State Government for digging a hole to repair park roads three years ago.

Mr Waters was granted a meeting with Environment Minister Andrew Powell and National Parks Minister Steve Dixon to discuss the convictions.

Mr Waters travelled to Brisbane on Friday but told the Chronicle the meeting had to be pushed back.

"We're going to meet on Monday," he said.

"They need more time to go through more material. I've sent them a lot of material about the situation."

Mr Waters was quoted $42,000 to fill in the hole, which is the only water source in the park to fight fires.

"I think there'll be fairly drastic changes in the national parks," he said.

On Friday night, Mr Waters attended a dinner and canvassed the issues with the Queensland Premier Campbell Newman, Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott and Nationals Leader Warren Truss.

Timeline of events

  • July 8 - Mr Waters found guilty of damaging the park
  • July 12 - Member for Hinkler Paul Neville offers his support to Mr Waters
  • July 16 - Mr Waters offered meeting with Ministers
  • July 19 - Meeting adjourned till Monday


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