Shadow Minister Visits Currumbin Estuary

17 Oct 2011 2:54 PMJann Stuckey

17 October 2011

Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey MP today invited the LNP’s Shadow Minister for Main Roads, Fisheries and Marine Infrastructure to see first hand the worsening situation at the Currumbin Creek bar.

“While the State Government continues its campaign of neglect over the Currumbin bar, the LNP have shown they are prepared to listen to key stakeholders,” Ms Stuckey said.

“We recognise the importance of exploring options to improve safety in the waterway.

“As the busy summer season approaches, long-standing dangers of the bar are heightened when boaties, surfers, stand-up paddleboarders and jet ski riders all use this area.   

“Council dredges once a year inside the creek mouth for flood mitigation purposes, but the Bligh Government flatly refuses to accept any responsibility.

“Together with our Volunteer Marine Rescue and the local community I have been crying out for years for the State Government to step up to the plate and address the worsening situation.

“A Maritime Safety Queensland report investigating the tragic death of a surfer in May this year failed to bring any action from this State Government. 

“We need a long-term solution, not stop gap measures that will simply see the issue deteriorate further year after year.

LNP Shadow Minister for Main Roads, Fisheries and Marine Infrastructure, Dr Mark Robinson MP said he was here to look at the issues first hand and gain a proper understanding of the dangers of the mixed use of the bar. 

“This is a beautiful area, and the LNP are concerned for the safety of everyone using this popular spot when there are boaties and surfers mixing together,” Mr Robinson said.

“Sadly, Labor Ministers have never bothered to come down and see the dangers for themselves,” he said.

“It’s really important that we get this right for the safety of all the users,” Ms Stuckey said.