Former Environment Minister Failed Kirra

29 Jun 2011 10:08 AMJann Stuckey

29 June 2011

Jann Stuckey MP, Member for Currumbin, has blasted the former Minister for Environment and Resource Management for failing to deliver on the Bligh Government’s election promise to fix Kirra beach.

“Despite repeated requests from my office to keep me informed and updated on the progress of this important restoration project, former Minister Kate Jones failed completely,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Only when I directly questioned her through Parliament did she provide any information, which incidentally created more questions than answers.

“This $1.5 million promise was nothing more than a vote grab by Labor during the 2009 state election campaign.

“The former Minister admits $1.06 million has been spent and the remaining unexpended funds will be allocated to the longer-term operational enhancements of the Tweed River Entrance Sand Bypassing Project, or TRESBP.

“There has been no accountability and no openness about the reporting of long term options for this project. If the former Minister truly cared about restoring Kirra Beach she would have made this report public by now.

“It is extremely disappointing that the former Minister did not indicate when further community consultation might take place, or when the results of this process will be made public.

“The people of Currumbin are none the wiser about the terms of the TRESBP and its negative effects on our reefs and beaches.

“The former Minister has deliberately withheld information from residents, refusing to respond to my requests for regular updates. 

“Now that Kate Jones has washed her hands of all responsibility and resigned from her ministerial post, we may never see the benefit of that unspent $440,000.

“Where is that money sitting now? The Currumbin Wildlife Hospital just down the road could certainly put those funds to good use right now saving the many sick and injured wildlife that show up on its doorstep.

“But the former Minister made it quite clear the Bligh Government does not care about saving our native wildlife and does not consider this vital facility worthy of state government funding.