Minister Silent on Faulty Desal

23 Mar 2010 3:29 PMJann Stuckey

23 March 2010

Jann Stuckey MP, Member for Currumbin has criticised the State Government for its most recent attempt to hide the true situation of the faulty Tugun desalination plant from the public.

“In response to a question I asked in Parliament requesting the timeframe for known faults to be fixed and the plant to be finally commissioned by the State Government, the Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy remained silent,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Recent reports indicate that WaterSecure have admitted five defects are still to be rectified at the plant, and are not likely to be completed by the June 2010 deadline.

“Pipes that were found to have signs of corrosion are yet to be replaced, and other major works are supposedly scheduled for June/July this year.

“Work will be undertaken on the diffuser at the end of the outlet pipe which means the unsightly barge will be coming back to sit offshore.

“The fact that such significant work needs to be done just over a year after the start of operation places serious doubt over the Bligh Government’s capability to manage South East Queensland’s water supply.

Meanwhile a long-awaited tour of the desalination plant was finally granted for LNP members last Thursday, six months after the initial request was made to the office of the Minister for Infrastructure and Planning.

“The Minister mucked us around for six months yet other groups were readily being taken on tours,” Ms Stuckey said.

“What is it that this Labor Government is trying to hide?

“Queenslanders have a right to know when this expensive plant will be free of defects.

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Background:
http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/view/legislativeAssembly/tableOffice/documents/questionsAnswers/2010/32-2010.pdf

Media Contact: Jann Stuckey 0439 755 919