Government washes hands of desal damages

3 Jun 2009 2:46 PMJann Stuckey

3 June 2009

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey is concerned that resident’s pleas for Government assistance to restore their properties to the condition they were in before construction of the Tugun desalination plant has been denied.

“Recent correspondence from the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning indicates very clearly that the Government has washed its hands of the concerns of affected residents in suburbs throughout Currumbin,” said Ms Stuckey

“Unsatisfied landholders are being told they should obtain professional advice to determine an appropriate course of action.

“The Minister has dashed the hopes of a number of residents and the Tugun football club of receiving Government assistance to claim restitution for damages they believe to have been caused by construction of the Tugun Desalination Plant.

“Gold Coast City Council are prepared to re-locate the football club onto the Council’s depot site further along Boyd Street but  nothing can happen until the Government announce whether they want to take over this land for future desalination plant expansion.

“After all the disruption of the past 2 years the State Government has an obligation to the people of the Currumbin electorate to inform them of their intentions over this potential site for the football club.

“Urgent remedial work needs to be done as these amenities deteoriate at a rapid pace.

“There is still no sign of action at the desalination plant and residents feel they have been hung out to dry by a callous and incompetent Labor Government.

“My Labor opponent at the last state election played a cruel hoax in an effort to win votes telling residents via ABC radio that $100 million dollars of payments would be withheld by Deputy Premier Paul Lucas to fully restore affected homes.

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Contact – Jann Stuckey 0439 755919

ABC Gold Coast Interview 19 March 2009, 8.30am
Interview with Jann Stuckey and Michael Riordan

“Well first of all the Quality of the water being generated is a responsibility of Gold Coast City Council. They sell the water they are responsible for the distribution. But the issue of subsidence in houses is an important one. Paul Lucas the Minister for Infrastructure has been most clear on this issue that we will withhold the one hundred million dollars that we will not take possession of that plant until the streets that are affected and the houses that are affected are fully restored,” said Mr Riordan.