Member for Cleveland Mark Robinson has expressed relief that the Labor Government has finally announced Toondah Harbour would not be scrapped.
Dr Robinson said it had taken almost five long months for the Palaszczuk Government to provide the certainty that local businesses and residents had been crying out for.
“Given that the Labor Government has already shelved $8 billion worth of infrastructure projects, costing Queenslander more than 6000 jobs, locals had been desperate to find out what was happening with Toondah Harbour,” Dr Robinson said.
“The local economy had almost ground to a halt, with small businesses and tradies from all over Redland City putting off investment decisions, until the new Labor Government made its intentions clear.
“This $1.3 billion LNP project will create around 1000 jobs each year during construction and plans have been near completion since December last year.
“Since then, it appears that the project plans have been sitting on the Minister’s desk, gathering dust while the government moves at snail’s pace to work out what it is doing.”
Dr Robinson welcomed the belated news that the project will still go ahead and hoped the project, now well behind its schedule of April public notification of the plan, might be able to get back on track.
“It is still good news considering that for almost 30 years Labor Governments could not agree on a plan with Redland Council and didn’t create the legal instruments to make it happen,” he said.
“Infighting between Labor Ministers also prevented progress.
“Since 1989 Labor sat on its hands, leaving locals to deal with third world facilities and watching ferries get stuck at low tides due to lack of dredging.
“Labor would never have built it with their massive bureaucracies under DERM and DEEDI.
“It took the LNP and former Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney to provide the legislation for a streamlined planning process that brought Toondah Harbour to fruition.
“The constructive working relationship between the LNP Government and Redland City Council, plus the LNP’s EDQ legislation that created PDAs, is what ultimately made Toondah possible.”