Cleveland 'Frozen' Out in Labor's Cold Budget
The State Budget just handed down has left Cleveland residents out in the cold and North Stradbroke Island residents short-changed as Labor's infrastructure freeze on major projects to Redland City continues, Member for Cleveland, Mark Robinson said today.
"A wintery chill has set in around Cleveland as the Palaszczuk Labor Government overlooks Cleveland for major projects for the second year in a row," Dr Robinson said.
"In an act worthy of a scene out of the movie 'Frozen', this Labor Treasurer has exacted punishment on the people of Cleveland and North Stradbroke Island, and spent our fair share elsewhere for rejecting Labor since 2009."
"The Labor-Independent minority Government has been frozen at the wheel for half their term in Government, and the big freeze on infrastructure in Cleveland continues in the form of no new major projects or services in health, education, transport and roads, among other things."
The Member for Cleveland called on the Labor Government to end the infrastructure freeze and to return to Cleveland residents their taxes in the form of a fair share of major projects and other infrastructure and services.
"The cost of Labor's early closure of mining on North Stradbroke Island was meant to be compensated for by a $20 million economic transition over 5 years, a fund that the Australian Workers Union claimed should be $200 million," Dr Robinson said.
"To add insult to injury to Straddie residents, the Labor Government's budget has just announced only $2.5 million of the inadequate $20 million will be spent in the 2016/17 year, short-changing the people by $1.5 million."
"Further, Labor's early closure of mining on North Stradbroke Island will cost about 150 direct jobs and put a further 150 or more jobs at risk on the island and across Redland City."
"Boaties and recreational fishers have been left out in the cold too with no new commitments visible yet to boat ramps, pontoons, artificial reefs, marine research funding or fishing havens, just the final work to be done on the LNPs projects."
"Now that the LNPs hard work while in Government has brought the State Government's budget back in the black, there should have been funds for education and schools, like for the construction at Cleveland High School of the much needed indoor sports auditorium."
"There should have been funds for extra beds or a major new unit like the intensive care unit at Redland Hospital."
"There should have been funds to fix congestion on major arterial roads that are important to Redland City commuters, for example Cleveland-Redland Bay Road or Rickertt Road; or other roads projects like signalising the increasingly dangerous intersection at Shore and Wellington Streets."
"There should have been additional investment in North Stradbroke Island, including commitment to a $50 million tourism redevelopment of Dunwich Harbour, so that the gateway to Straddie's tourism future will not become a strangling bottleneck."
"Hopefully Cleveland will not be cast forever into an eternal Winter like the kingdom of Arandelle was by the evil Queen in the movie Frozen. It seems help will need to come from elsewhere.
Mark Robinson MP
14 June 2016