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'Shock' tax hitting grey nomads in wallet

GREY NOMAD TAX: Bernie Stafford and Kathy Collins, pictured with their grandchildren Kian and Oliver, say grey nomads support small towns so the last thing the government should do is hit them with another tax.
GREY NOMAD TAX: Bernie Stafford and Kathy Collins, pictured with their grandchildren Kian and Oliver, say grey nomads support small towns so the last thing the government should do is hit them with another tax. Matt Collins

BUYING a new motorhome will now include an extra 2per cent tax, recently implemented by the Queensland Government.

As of July 1, under the new luxury vehicle tax, purchase of a new vehicle more than $100,000 and less than 4.5tonnes will increase by 2per cent.

This means those thinking of purchasing a new motorhome will be included in the luxury vehicle category.

Sunshine Coast couple and motorhome owners Bernie Stafford and Kathy Collins had heard about the new luxury tax after a conversation with friends they met during a recent visit to the South Burnett.

Mr Stafford said they had bought their vehicle second-hand but he was concerned about the extra costs.

He claimed it was counter-productive, as motorhome travellers played a big part in supporting small towns.

"Grey nomads provide a significant financial boost to small towns around the country.

"If it wasn't for the grey nomads, many small towns would suffer,” Mr Stafford said.

Mr Stafford travels all over the country and was surprised by the Queensland Government increasing the tax.

"This tax is a shock, especially after Queensland increased their registration costs when other states have worked on decreasing them to assist drivers,” he said.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said she opposed the new tax and thought it was introduced without enough consideration.

"Consultation should have happened well before the tax was introduced, but Labor is only now wrapping their heads around who and what they are taxing,” she said.

Robin, from the Nanango Caravan and Motorhome Park, was aware of the "grey nomad tax” and said it would affect a lot of travellers, who were now choosing to purchase motorhomes lighter than the 4.5 tonne limit so they could drive them on a car licence.

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