Labor Silent on New Drug Administration Facility

6 Jul 2016 2:36 PMJann Stuckey

Requests for information about a proposed Controlled Drugs Facility planned for Southern Gold Coast suburbs have been met with silence from Health Minister Cameron Dick.

Following a notice of intention in the Gold Coast Bulletin on the 10th of June seeking approval to operate a controlled drugs administration facility located in either Bilinga, Kirra or Coolangatta, local MP Jann Stuckey has been swamped with calls from constituents wanting to know more about this facility.

“As a result of calls from concerned residents I wrote to the Minister over 2 weeks ago requesting information before submissions close on the 8th of July,” said Ms Stuckey.

“Despite calls to his office and the submission timeline shortening, the minister is refusing to answer any questions about the proposed Controlled Drugs Facility for the Coast.

Ms Stuckey says “this silence is adding to the frustration of locals who keep contacting my office for details of what is being planned in their neighbourhoods.

“How can you write a submission about a facility when you don’t know the location of it or the exact services it will provide?

Ms Stuckey says “it is this kind of secrecy from Labor that causes people to be anxious rather than supportive of what may well be positive community programs.

“The Palaszczuk Government is notorious for not consulting the public when making decisions, but I’m not going to let them get away with keeping us in the dark.

“It’s my job as the member for Currumbin to make sure our local communities are properly informed of changes that may affect them, but Labor are treating them with contempt by not providing facts about this proposal,” said Ms Stuckey.