Two Strikes for Ministers on Quarry Advice

18 Apr 2011 10:16 AMJann Stuckey

18 April 2011

Jann Stuckey MP, Member for Currumbin, has slammed two senior State Government Ministers for their careless response to residents’ grave concerns about the proposed Gold Coast Boral Quarry.

“Following deputations at February’s Gold Coast Community Cabinet regarding the impact of the proposed quarry at Tallebudgera Valley, residents have finally received written responses,” Ms Stuckey said.

“But the advice that was given has offended the local action group as it was outdated and no longer relevant. 

“Both the Treasurer, Andrew Fraser, and Environment Minister, Kate Jones, signed off on correspondence to constituents in my electorate advising them to make submissions to the Draft Terms of Reference (TOR) for the Environmental Impact Statement.

“The problem here is that submissions to the Draft TOR closed on April 1 2011, and correspondence from the Ministers was dated 5 April and 12 April respectively.

“Such blatant mistakes from two senior Ministers not only exposes their incompetence but is a slap in the face for genuinely concerned residents.

“This is typical behaviour from a lazy, arrogant Bligh Government who do not take community concerns seriously.

“It is a real worry for those involved in the campaign to stop this quarry that the Ministers cannot even be bothered checking the facts before responding to correspondence. 

“They are not even aware of their own timeframes for this ‘significant project’ that is planned for the Tallebudgera Valley area.”