Currumbin neglected in sham Labor budget

16 Jun 2017 5:28 PMJann Stuckey

Despite Queensland’s debt surpassing $80 billion dollars for the first time in history, residents on the Gold Coast won’t benefit from the Labor Government’s cash splash.


Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey slammed the Palaszczuk Government’s 2017-18 budget, labelling it a sham that was a blatant pork-barreling exercise favouring the north of the state.


“Apart from some ongoing funding allocated for completion of Coplick’s Sports Park, Energex upgrades to the sub-station and some drain renewal in Tugun, we were overlooked,” Ms Stuckey said.


“Meanwhile, Queenslanders are being treated like cash cows as Labor cranks up basic cost of living items, such as car registration, water and electricity that will hurt individuals and families.


“By 2020, the debt imposed upon every man, woman and child in Queensland will be $15,795 as Labor plunge the state into record debt levels totaling over $80 billion.


“Last year, 10,535 Queenslanders made it clear that ending the shocking congestion on the M1 was priority number one, and Labor were dragged kicking and screaming to fund a business case for the M1 from Varsity Lakes to the NSW border.


“And while I’m very glad to see $5 million announced last month to progress the business case development to upgrade this section of the M1 to six-lanes, like many people in Currumbin I’m sick and tired of the finger pointing and hollow promises when it comes to widening the M1.


“Labor have dragged their feet and their responsibility on this important infrastructure – after all they were in government for 16 of the last 19 years but never lifted a finger towards fixing the southern section of the M1.”


Ms Stuckey raised concerns from local businesses about the lack of consultation regarding significant road closures and disruption for local residents and businesses during several GC2018 sporting events planned for Currumbin.


“Mr Beattie tells us that GOLDOC is working closely with City of Gold Coast, Queensland Police and Transport and Main Roads, but what about hundreds of small businesses along Currumbin Creek Road?,” Ms Stuckey said.


“I haven’t spoken to one business yet that has been consulted, and there is no excuse as small and micro businesses need plenty of time to address staffing issues during the 11 days of the Commonwealth Games.


“Only an LNP Government will create more jobs, contain cost of living pressures, lower crime rates and provide a better government, not more government – and we’ve completely ruled out asset sales and forced public service redundancies.


“I remind Queenslanders that they have more than 80 billion reasons to get rid of this incompetent and deceitful Labor Government at the next state election.


“It’s time to ask, can we really afford another 3 years of Labor? I don’t think so.”