Much progress was made by the LNP Government toward the economic transition on Straddie. The ‘Economic Transition Group’ (ETG), a body of local business and community leaders as well as Government representatives, was formed to chart Straddie’s future in consultation with the community. It has been an honour to Co-Chair the ETG, along with Redland City Mayor Karen Williams, and I look forward to continuing in that role.
I am grateful for the ongoing support of the people of North Stradbroke Island for our plan for a gentle and practical transition to a broad-based economy. Very few people want the premature closure of the mine and the mass job losses that would send the island into recession.
The 2000-plus residents have spoken clearly in both the 2012 and 2015 State elections that they want our ‘pro-jobs’ plan to continue. The majority of Quandamooka families on the island also voted for this plan.
During the election Labor promised jobs, jobs, jobs, so sacking 600 workers in mining and small business, including 50 aboriginal workers, would break that promise, and would ‘widen the gap’ for aboriginal Australians. Hopefully the new Government will respect the wishes of the people.
I will provide further updates on Straddie as they are made available.