WRONG IDEA: Ann Leahy with Bevan Stansbiea. Ms Leahy said the State Government is doing the wrong thing by taxing grey nomads.
WRONG IDEA: Ann Leahy with Bevan Stansbiea. Ms Leahy said the State Government is doing the wrong thing by taxing grey nomads. Molly Hancock

Leahy not pleased with new travel tax

WARREGO MP Ann Leahy has come out swinging against the State Government's new tax on campervans and motorhomes, which commenced at the beginning of this month.

Ms Leahy said the tax will hurt regional tourism across the south west region, an area that was hoping for a significant amount of tourism this winter.

"South west local governments and volunteer local tourism groups are working really hard to grow the drive tourism market to support local jobs in rural and regional Queensland whilst the State Labor Government is taxing the industry,” she said.

"The grey nomads contribute greatly to rural and regional tourism and Queensland families keen to enjoy the great outdoors will now be paying thousands of dollars more to 'live the dream', thanks to this new heartless tax.

"The government claimed this was a tax on luxury vehicles; and they got it wrong.

"This is a tax on grey nomads many of which have worked hard and paid tax all their lives, and some sell up their homes to purchase motorhomes and travel.”