Government admits infrastructure freeze for Redland City

15 July 2015

Member for Cleveland, Mark Robinson has slammed the State Labor Government for delivering a budget that has forgotten Cleveland and Redland City.

Delivering his first budget for the Palaszczuk government, Treasurer Curtis Pitt has imposed an “infrastructure freeze” on Redland City with no funds for the Eastern Busway, no funds for arterial roads, no funds for Redland Hospital expansion and a $10 million state-wide cut to fishing among other things. 

“Labor’s infrastructure freeze means that the people of Cleveland will not receive the fair share of the State’s infrastructure resources that we are entitled to”, Dr Robinson said.

“The State Government freeze on major infrastructure investment in Redland City is not only clear from the budget papers but from Labor’s local mouthpiece, Don Brown who admitted it was a ‘basic services’ budget without ‘major projects’*

“I was expecting the government to fulfil its promise made in 2011 to fund the Eastern Busway to Redland City from the Labor State Budget”, he said.

“With over 1200 signatures on the Eastern Busway petition, there was an overwhelming community outcry and it defies belief that this ‘listening’ government would blatantly ignore and break their commitment to the project.

“No investment in public transport and no investment in major arterial roads means even more cars on the road, more traffic congestion and longer travel times for Cleveland commuters”.

Dr Robinson has questioned why there seemed to be no funding allocated for the planned Redland Hospital expansion.

“It is disappointing that it seems there is no funding for Redland Hospital: to add new beds, to provide more car parking, to build an intensive care unit, to add rehabilitation services, and no word about whether the Government supports the LNPs plan to secure land North of the hospital for future expansion of the Hospital precinct”, Dr Robinson said.

“The Government has allocated funding for a transition from mining on North Stradbroke Island, however no detail has been released as to what this entails”.

“The figure the Government has floated falls well short of the funds needed to properly transition the Straddie economy and to save the 600 jobs that will be lost with the end of sandmining by 2019”.

Dr Robinson said it shows true contempt for the situation on Straddie by thinking the problem of island residents’ livelihoods will be solved with a small injection of funding.

“If the Government carries out its threat to end all sandmining by 2019, and thus lose the $130 million per annum of economic benefit from mining, it will need to bring forward over $100 million investment in projects like Dunwich Harbour redevelopment, One-Mile transport, East Coast Rd upgrade, Education and Research, Tourism projects and Indigenous opportunity”

Rec Fishing Marine infrastructure has taken a $10 million cut to funding over 4 years.

“The LNP committed $50 million over 4 years which delivered new and upgraded boat ramps, floating walkways and artificial reef to Cleveland boaties”.

“It is disgraceful that this Labor Government has cut $10 million from recreational fishers statewide.