Stuckey Slams Bligh Government Over Kirra Inaction

3 Nov 2011 10:55 AMJann Stuckey

3 November 2011

Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey MP has labelled the Bligh Government’s 2009 pre-election promise to restore Kirra as a cruel stunt designed to win votes after a public forum revealed there were no future plans for the remaining half a million dollars promised prior to the election.
“As is so often the case with Labor, there was no plan to fix Kirra, just a hurried $1.5 million promise during an election campaign in an attempt to garner votes,” said Ms Stuckey.

“Here we are heading into another election almost 3 years since Bligh’s announcement and the allocated funds have not been spent because they don’t know what to do.

“A study into options to address the current sand build-up at Kirra and improve the long-term operation of the Tweed River Entrance Sand Bypassing Project (TRESBP) has finally been released.

“Announced in July 2009, it took over two years and countless requests from my office for this information to be made public.

Four options have been investigated, including additional dredge placement areas, extending the pumping outlet to North Kirra, delivering sand south to Kingscliff and back-passing sand south to Letitia Spit.

“Only about 50 people attended last night’s public forum (November 2) at Tweed Heads where it was revealed that none of the above options would assist in bringing back the wave at Kirra,” said Ms Stuckey.

“Attendees commented it was disappointing that there was minimal discussion on the restoration of Kirra Point.

“The State Environment Department (DERM) were at the forum to tell everyone what they had done to Kirra Beach but admitted that they had done little to restore Kirra Point .  When asked if any of the options would have any beneficial effect on restoring Kirra Point the answer was no. 

“So where to from here? The Bligh Government’s third stage in its restoration project is a blank canvas.

“They basically have no plan at the moment and are relying on community consultation for ideas, something we have been requesting for years but were ignored.

“Meanwhile $500,000 dollars in promised election funds sits idle.

“The LNP is committed to stopping Labor’s waste and mismanagement and getting Queensland back on track.