Release Straddie's Secret Survey Results
Member for Cleveland, Mark Robinson said the secrecy shrouding the Labor Government's approach to ending sand mining on North Stradbroke Island is deeply disturbing and a cause for concern.
“Officers from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection were despatched to the island to conduct an on-the-ground survey of residents’ opinions regarding sandmining – a move I thoroughly applaud, Dr Robinson said.
“The Officers spoke to about 10 per cent of the island’s residents – everyday people who were going about their day-to-day business in the townships.
“Alarmingly, there has been a refusal to hand over the results of the survey”, he said.
“You have to ask what the government is trying to hide. Perhaps they are trying to hide the truth as an avenue to push ahead with their disastrous plan to halt sandmining and cripple the economy of the island?
“As the local member, I was on the island when the Parliament’s Finance and Administration Committee held public hearings last month”.
Dr Robinson said that up to 90 per cent of locals who spoke at Committee Forums were opposed to the 2019 shutdown.
“The community's opposition to the Government's plan in the Finance and Administration Committee's Forums equates to the figures that I have been receiving for several years, but for some reason the government wants to hide its own research.
“In contrast to the Premier, LNP Senator Joanna Lindgren has taken a keen interest in the future of North Stradbroke Island. On behalf of island residents, I thank her for visiting, for public meetings and finding out for herself that more time is needed for a proper and timely transition from sand mining. (See Sen Lindgren’s 1 March 2016) release.
“Despite promising to do so in Parliament, the Premier still has not attended any public meeting on Straddie to explain her shutdown plan to the residents whose lives will be adversely affected by her government’s actions.
“So, today I call on the government to release the survey data immediately so that the real facts can come to light”, Dr Robinson said.
I also ask the Premier to listen to the plea from island residents and businesses, and the Union representing workers, to secure the island’s future by extending the closing time.
[ENDS] 2 March 2016
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