Government Covers Up on Kirra

7 Oct 2009 4:39 PMJann Stuckey

7 October 2009

Jann Stuckey Member for Currumbin has accused the Government of secrecy when questions are raised about the Tweed River Entrance Sand Bypass Project (TRESBP)

“The minister continually tosses around the figure of $1.5million to fix Kirra which was a knee-jerk offer made during an election campaign, but she fails to provide any specific costings,” said Ms Stuckey

“Twenty thousand cubic metres of sand has been moved to date with equal amounts to sections of Kirra and Palm Beach.

“Surely the Minister knows how much she has budgeted to spend on this activity.  If she doesn’t then she darn well should.

“In addition the minister refused to say how much is allocated for the consultation process being undertaken with Gold Coast City Council.

“It is obvious this election promise was cobbled together without any idea of the scope of the problem and this Government are spending taxpayers money at their whim.

“Further secrecy surrounds the contents of the TRESBP contract.

“I have just endured a protracted Right To Information (RTI) process that has taken most of this year to obtain information about the TRESBP, and I have finally received a set of documents to review.

“However, it looks like I will have to apply to RTI again if I want to gain useful information about a breach of recommendations as they are not in the initial agreement.

“Clearly the Government has something to hide regarding this joint project with their New South Wales counterparts, and they don’t want the general public to know about it.

“Claims by the Bligh Government that they are openly transparent and accountable are hollow.

“For several years now I have been asking on behalf of residents for more flexibility in the grid, better monitoring of the project and thorough community consultation.

“The people of Queensland deserve to know how much has already been spent on this project which impacts heavily upon our treasured beach and foreshore amenities, said Ms Stuckey

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