Petition for desalination operators to fix houses

6 Mar 2009 11:53 AMJann Stuckey

6th March 2009

Local Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP is supporting a petition that would have desalination operators come back and restore houses and streets to their former pre-construction state.

“Numerous complaints are coming through our office from residents reporting damage or deterioration as a result of pipeline construction through their suburbs,” said Ms Stuckey.

“Visible cracks are appearing in people’s houses, doors won’t shut because they have moved and the back of one person’s house has dropped significantly.

“I am calling for the damage to be repaired, guarantees that taxpayers have not paid for a faulty plant, and for the sinking Tugun Football Club to be relocated.

“One resident, who had an unsightly silt machine outside her house for the last four months, now has cracks appearing in her house.

“Cracks have also starting appearing in many of her neighbours’ houses as well as their pools, and water is seeping from leaking pipes that have been disturbed.

“Other residents are concerned about the change in the taste and quality of water and are angry as to why desalinated water was added without their knowledge.

“It is not good enough for the Government to turn a blind eye to the situation that many residents in the Currumbin electorate find themselves in.

“The whole operation is months overdue and has cost over a billion dollars of taxpayer money, yet now residents have been left with damaged properties.

“The Bligh Government has a responsibility to restore people’s homes to their previous condition.

“If this is what Labor calls good economic management then Queensland is in for tough times.”

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