Call for Scrutiny into Troubled Desal

28 Jun 2010 2:53 PMJann Stuckey

25 June 2010

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP, has called on the Public Works Committee to re-activate an inquiry into the Tugun desalination plant that was mothballed when Anna Bligh called an early election in February 2009.

“Considering the seemingly endless saga of problems and delays plaguing the desal plant I am calling on the State Government to make this inquiry a priority,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Government committee inquiries are directed to examine and report on aspects of the project such as value for money, suitability of the work for its purpose, cost and recurrent costs of the work, and the impact of the work on the community, economy and environment. 

“Until the Government supplies the general public with answers to the above with regard to this project people will continue to remain suspicious of this Government’s behaviour.

“The Minister has recently acknowledged there are four remaining defects, including offshore repairs and replacement of key infrastructure relating to the reverse osmosis process, with repair timeframes ranging from 8 to 20 weeks.

“The question on everyone’s lips is whether this plant will ever be commissioned?

“Furthermore, this Labor Government needs to tell the truth about additional costs taxpayers will have to bear once it takes control of the facility.
 
“With no costing breakdowns provided for these repairs, how is the Government to be held accountable? 

“Tugun residents have faced years of disruption, damage and intrusion into their lives with the construction and operation of this plant.

“The public deserves the truth and this Labor Government must cease its production line of secrets and cover-ups. 

“Commissioning of this plant was meant to take place in November 2008, then January 2009. Deadline after deadline has been missed and this Government cannot be trusted to deliver on its promises.

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