Report on Desal no comfort to Currumbin residents

6 Jun 2013 12:15 PMJann Stuckey

Desal visit with McArdle 2 for web

Visiting the Tugun Desal Plant in 2012 with Minister McArdle

6 July 2013

The Queensland Auditor-General’s report on the Labor Government’s rushed and ill-thought-out decision to build the Tugun Desalination Plant and the greater water grid was tabled in parliament on Tuesday.

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP said the report, Maintenance of water infrastructure assets Report to Parliament 14: 2012-13, was scathing about the Labor Government’s management of these water assets.

“This information is nothing new to the people of Currumbin who suffered for over seven years with the construction and aftermath of this unwanted infrastructure,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The contents of this report, whilst confirming a long held view, provide no comfort to the long suffering residents of Currumbin.

“Not only did the Desal saga involve a litany of mistakes and setbacks from day one, there was also a huge human toll on locals with relentless delays, damage to homes, disruptions and a constant stream of excuses.   “It is not surprising the report specifically highlights the former Government’s mismanagement and neglect, both in a planning and financial management sense.

“These failures caused great anxiety in the community and resulted in crippling household water bills.

“It is encouraging to see the Minister for Energy and Water Supply, Mark McArdle, committed to managing our water grid in the most cost effective manner.

“The Desal Plant now operates on ‘hot standby’ mode and will be used only for the mitigation of critical supply emergencies. This will result in annual savings of $9 million.

“After years of being treated with contempt by the previous Labor Government, Currumbin locals now have a government who are determined to work with them pro-actively to lower their water bills and overall cost of living.