Palm Beach Light Rail Consultation Too Little Too Late

14 Oct 2016 4:38 PMJann Stuckey

Currumbin MP Jann Stuckey is outraged that Palm Beach residents have been ignored despite their requests for community consultation before any decisions were made regarding the proposed Stage Three route of the Light Rail.

In May this year Ms Stuckey hosted an e-petition calling for the state government to commit to thorough community consultation, prior to determination of the route but the Minister’s response indicates he will severely limit local input.

Ms Stuckey says she’s bitterly disappointed with Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe’s response which shows a complete and utter lack of respect or care for the people who live in this region.

“Despite hundreds of people signing this petition the Minister has disregarded their right to be a part of the planning process.

“The Minister only guarantees consultation with appropriate stakeholders and directly affected property owners once the corridor is decided.

Ms Stuckey said “local residents tell me that they are all directly affected by the light rail proposal and want the opportunity to comment on various impacts.

“We already know there are plans to resume land along the Gold Coast highway to enable its widening in the future but light rail would require considerably wider corridors than cars.

“People deserve certainty not secrecy. It’s disgraceful that locals won’t get an opportunity to have their say which is why I have asked further questions of the minister.

“I have asked Minister Hinchliffe whether there is the possibility of home resumptions, the timeline for the $600,000 study being undertaken between Burleigh and Tugun, and to define the proposed consultation process,” says Ms Stuckey

“It is vital that local residents and regular users of this road are included in discussions and I will continue to lobby the Palaszczuk Government for a fair hearing for residents.”