Stuckey Welcomes Renewed Memorandum of Understanding

30 Aug 2011 4:47 PMJann Stuckey

30 August 2011

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP, has welcomed today’s signing of a new cross-border Memorandum of Understanding between the Queensland and NSW Governments.

“Genuine efforts to strengthen collaboration and cooperation between our states for the cross-border Coolangatta-Tweed community are to be applauded,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The existing MoU, signed by former Premiers Peter Beattie and Morris Iemma back in 2007, was merely a stunt for politically point scoring coming into an election that left a lot to be desired.

“It is positive to hear that the new MoU will have a wider scope, expanding to include policing, social services, primary industries, water and emergency management and response.

“For years I have been calling for a proper cross-border audit to determine the true extent of the services and resources we have to work with.

“I look forward to working closely with the Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest MP to ensure this renewed sense of cooperation will deliver tangible benefits and address the pressing issues that plague our cross-border towns.

“Former Premier Peter Beattie did little to instil confidence in the Labor Government’s ability to live up to its promises, failing to put in any effort to improve services in this complex environment.

“The people of Currumbin deserve better from the Queensland Government. Let’s hope this new arrangement to work proactively with our NSW counterparts will enhance our region and bring improved community services.