Annastacia Palaszczuk kills jobs and hope on Straddie

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

  • Labor’s short-sighted sand mining shutdown claims first 30 casualties
  • Jobs already gone but Labor’s promised worker assistance packages not even ready to roll
  • Straddie families on tenterhooks as Labor’s glossy brochures and empty promises fail to pay the bills

Queensland Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls today visited North Stradbroke Island to talk to worried workers and their families set to lose jobs under the Palaszczuk Government’s early end to sand mining.

“Straddie families and businesses are about to hit very rough waters thanks to the Palaszczuk Labor Government and locals are anxious and worried about their future,” Mr Nicholls said.

“Labor’s policy to shutdown sand mining by 2019 will kill hundreds of local jobs in Straddie’s second biggest industry, and leave no time for the island’s economy to transition to other industries.

“North Stradbroke Island is a unique place and Straddie locals are resilient and resourceful, but they are feeling ignored and abandoned by Annastacia Palaszczuk and this Labor government.

“What will happen to Straddie mineworkers when they lose their jobs? Where will they get work? How will they pay their mortgage? How will they keep food on the table?

“These are the questions Annastacia Palaszczuk can’t and won’t answer.

“She and Jackie Trad have promised the world to island locals and so far delivered nothing.”

Member for Cleveland, Mark Robinson said the first 30 workers from the mine lost their jobs this month and it was clear Labor’s employee assistance package was nowhere near ready.

“After getting calls from worried workers, my office called Treasury who didn’t know anything. The Department of Natural Resources and Mines also had no idea and then finally the Department of Employment said the promised $5 million worker assistance package wasn’t ready and that they weren’t even aware workers had been laid off,” Mr Robinson said.

“Not only that, with no certainty about their future operations, the mining company recently advised the community there will be an extended Christmas shutdown at the mine - not the Christmas present that Straddie mining families would have ever wanted.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk shut down mining to keep her greenie Cabinet ministers in a job but she couldn’t care less about jobs on Stradbroke Island.

“This community needs more than glossy brochures. It needs a real plan that will provide real jobs to replace the jobs killed by Labor.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk has broken the economy and the hearts of Straddie locals and she needs to act immediately to fix the mess she’s created.”

Media contact: Jane Paterson 0417 281 754