Labor Admits ‘No Plan’ to Replace Straddie Jobs, only After Passing Laws

Labor Admits ‘No Plan’ to Replace Straddie Jobs, only After Passing Laws

The Palaszczuk Labor Government has admitted to having no plan to replace sacked workers, the morning after sneaking through laws to end sand mining on North Stradbroke Island at the mid-night hour – a move that will cut hundreds of jobs and create an uncertain future for the local community.

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MR: Parliament Committee Finds No Support for Laws to prematurely shut down Straddie mining

MR: Parliament Committee Finds No Support for Laws to prematurely shut down Straddie mining

With the release of the damning Report of the Parliamentary Finance & Administration Committee which found no support for Labor’s Laws to prematurely end sandmining on North Stradbroke Island, State Member for Cleveland Mark Robinson today called on Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to do the right thing and to end the uncertainty by withdrawing Labor’s job-destroying Bill

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MR: Environment Minister Ducks Questions about Labor-AWU Split on Straddie

MR: Environment Minister Ducks Questions about Labor-AWU Split on Straddie

Despite my repeated attempts in Parliamentary Question Time to get Minister Steven Miles to explain the split between the Labor Government and the Australian Workers Union on North Stradbroke Island, the Minister ducked for cover and refused to answer the question.

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Robinson invites Premier to Straddie to ‘listen’ to concerns

Member for Cleveland, Mark Robinson has today taken the step of inviting the Premier to come and listen, just like she has in other parts of Queensland, to the concerns of Straddie residents.

“I invite the Premier to come and visit the Dunwich Community Hall so that she can outline her Government’s plan, and listen to the community’s concerns.”

The lack of consultation by the Government in it’s decision to ‘Shut Straddie Down’ by 2019 has caused an outcry on North Stradbroke Island. Since the announcement the response has been extensive and extremely vocal.
 
“On facebook the ‘Don’t Shut Straddie Down’ post has been my most popular post to date with over 220,000 hits reached, 1,200 likes and 2,660 shares.”
 
“It is quite clear that the decision to Shut Straddie Down has not only hit a chord with island residents, but with people right across the State.”
 
Following the announcement, a heartfelt petition has been launched by locals asking the Premier to reconsider.
  
“The Australian Workers Union, the Island Chamber of Commerce and local residents were not informed of the Government’s plan to end sand mining on the Island without an adequate timeframe for transition.
 
“The fanciful notion that somehow the jobs being created with the Toondah Harbour project will offset the job losses on Straddie just doesn’t stack up.
 
“The timeframes don’t equate and the skill set differences between mining and construction have obviously not been taken into consideration.
 
“Are we somehow expecting systems operators in the mine to have completed trade apprenticeships in a couple years so they can work as a chippie at Toondah? Give me a break.”

"The botched roll out of the Green political agenda of inner city Ministers Steven Miles and Jackie Trad, has placed the future of Straddie residents’ jobs, livelihoods and communities at stake, , so the Premier must now intervene.”

Richard Hopkins at the Eric Deeral Indigenous Youth Parliament

Richard Hopkins & Mark Robinson in Parliament House

Richard Hopkins & Mark Robinson in Parliament House

Dunwich local Richard Hopkins spoke at the Eric Deeral Indigenous Youth Parliament. The youth parliament was facilitated by the Queensland Indigenous Youth Leadership Program.

Mark was inspired by the speeches of Indigenous Youth Leaders from all over Queensland. Richard's speech highlighted the concerns of Quandamooka Youth for their future in the light of lost jobs and opportunities. 

Richard's speech:

"Thank you Mr Speaker

Today I would like to bring to your attention the closure of the sand mines on North Stradbroke Island. This will have a massive impact on the economy, real-estate and self-sustainability of the island. 

As an alternative to sand mining we need to come up with a way to not just fix the physical environmental scares but also repair the cultural differences we have in our community.

One such alternative is the Indigenous land and sea rangers. Along with a focus on the conservation and protection of the heritage of our land. Other benefits include the employment of a people who have a cultural connection to the land that has remained for over 6000 years. 

The Government has proposed that tourism would be a viable alternative, but the lack of infrastructure and the seasonal nature of the industry means that there will be a long lead up to the establishment of a mature fully functioning economy."

 

North Stradbroke Island Economy

North Stradbroke Island Economy

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.

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