Labor Snubs Sanctuary for Own Gains

26 May 2011 2:27 PMJann Stuckey

26 May 2011

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP has accused the Bligh Government of a selective commitment to conservation and protection of wildlife in Labor-held seats.

“While public unrest over the Bligh Government’s treatment of the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is growing, the Premier and her ministers have announced extra funds for the Mackay region and their own electorates during the Mackay Regional Parliamentary sitting,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Labor has treated Mackay as the centre of the universe during this regional sitting, at the expense of the rest of Queensland.

“Environment Minister Kate Jones has announced plans for another national park in the Mackay region, yet remains silent on my continued calls to provide funding to the desperate Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

“This is yet another example of classic Labor pork-barrelling. They care more about getting votes in Central Queensland than they do about conservation or protecting our world-famous environmental icons.

“Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary was gifted to the people of Queensland, not just the Currumbin electorate and I have raised the plight of the Sanctuary on behalf of the people of Queensland.

“If government funding is not secured urgently, the Sanctuary and its state-of-the-art Wildlife Hospital may not survive.

“Earlier this week I wrote to the Premier and the Minister for Environment and Resource Management seeking financial assistance on behalf of Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

“I have called on this Bligh Labor Government to prove it cares about the environment across Queensland, not only in Labor held seats, and provide a funding commitment to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary in this year’s budget.

“The Campbell Newman LNP team will work for all Queensland not for ourselves.”