A BID for Toogoolawah golfers to drive their buggies on local streets to and from golf course has ended up in the rough.

Police Minister Jo-Ann Miller has rejected a petition signed by 313 people and calling for special permission to be granted to golfers to drive their buggies to the Toogoolawah Golf Club.

Ms Miller said police had decided against granting club members special registration after a meeting with club members.

In a written response to the petition Ms Miller said she was unable to alter police operational decisions.

"QPS has advised that, given the limited operations for non-complying vehicles under the (conditional registration scheme), it is not proposed to issue the golf buggy owners a permit at this time," she said.

"As the decision to issue a permit is an operational decision for the QPS, I am unable to assist the petitioners at this time. While I acknowledge that this response is not what the petitioners were hoping for, I trust it clarifies my position."

Nanango MP Deb Frecklington, who tabled the petition in parliament, said she was disappointed permission had not been granted when golfers in other areas were able to drive to the course.

"The response states that the issuing of these types of permits is an operational decision for 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.

- APN NEWSDESK



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