Tugun Desal Plant Rusts in Peace

27 Apr 2010 10:32 AMJann Stuckey

27 April 2010

Escalating maintenance problems plaguing the Tugun desalination plant have further delayed its handover to the Bligh Labor government, the LNP said today.

Shadow Minister for Public Works Jann Stuckey said the Tugun desalination plant was another example of Bligh and Labor’s inability to deliver its commitments.

“This week’s alleged problems with corrosion affecting two holding tanks is simply a case of déjà vu,” Ms Stuckey said.

“This is a project which was rushed into by Labor without proper consideration or planning and the result has been a continuing saga of serious defects.

“Fresh reports of further faults within this plant will almost certainly guarantee another extension of the date when the facility will be ready to be handed over to the government.

Ms Stuckey said despite assurances that current repairs will be made at ‘no additional cost to taxpayers’, there were ominous signs for the future operation of the plant.

“Queenslanders are becoming wary of Bligh and Labor for failing to deliver on their promises.

“The warning signs are there that Bligh and Labor will bequeath Queensland a desalination plant which will continue to have problems with corrosion and maintenance issues and will be an ongoing burden to taxpayers.

“With Bligh and Labor’s track record Queenslanders have become accustomed to expect little else.”
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