State Government Pushed to Act on Currumbin Bar

10 May 2011 3:05 PMJann Stuckey

10 May 2011

Jann Stuckey MP, Member for Currumbin has renewed calls for a dedicated research and development project to investigate ways to improve conditions at Currumbin Bar following the death of a local surfer last weekend.

“Recent announcements by the Minister for Marine Infrastructure indicate the State Government will now finally look into options for dredging the Currumbin Creek mouth to increase safety for estuary users,” Ms Stuckey said.

“After years of lobbying Ministers to come to the table, it is good to know this Labor Government is finally listening, even though it took a tragedy to stir them into action.

“Successive Ministers have waived aside pleas for help from our VMR and the local community, using the excuse that Currumbin Bar is not a navigable channel.

“Now the Minister says he will review previous studies on stabilising the mouth of Currumbin Creek, but what we really need is a commitment to a dedicated research and development project to be undertaken by Griffith University or a similar facility. 

“This Bligh Labor Government has sat on its hands for too long, ignoring warnings that a disaster was imminent in this popular, yet highly dangerous, waterway.

“I’m sure Currumbin residents will be as keen as I am to find a solution for our much loved estuary.