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    Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    LNP scores own goal in estimates

    Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Wednesday, July 25, 2018

    LNP scores own goal in estimates

    LNP Shadow Minister for State Development Andrew Powell committed a massive howler in estimates today, falsely claiming that a project was delayed when it was already opened.

    Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said Mr Powell demonstrated the LNP were unfit for office by falsely attacking a project that had been delivered for Mackay.

    “Mr Powell said today that the Mackay Showgrounds redevelopment was delayed when in fact it is complete,” Mr Dick said.

    “I had the great honour to help open the Mackay Showgrounds on June 19 when it was completed, at what was a fantastic community event.

    “In fact, the Mackay Showgrounds redevelopment was completed ahead of schedule from its original completion date of 14 July.

    “The Shellgrit Creek drainage upgrades project is also on schedule to be completed on time, despite the LNP falsely claiming its timeline is blowing out.

    “These wayward and unfounded attacks show the LNP are not prepared for Government, and can’t do their basic homework.

    “I am sick to death of the LNP attacking regional Queenslanders.

    “Regional Queensland has unique challenges, and Queenslanders in these communities don’t want or need false political attacks from the LNP.

    “The LNP need to stop attacking and actually do their homework for the benefit of Queenslanders across the state.”

    A total 39 regional councils from Torres Shire to Bulloo have been shortlisted for a share in $70 million under the latest round of the Palaszczuk Government’s Building our Regions program today.

    In previous rounds of Building our Regions, the program has allocated $225 million to 174 projects, generating 1762 jobs for Queensland, including jobs in the Mackay region.

    Mr Dick said councils are in charge of delivering Building our Regions projects and meeting timeframes.

    “These councils have to deal with unique challenges of regional Queensland including distance, natural disasters like cyclones and floods,” he said.

    “Of course programs have to be rescheduled when a natural disaster occurs, and the Mackay region has certainly had its fair share of natural disasters, yet our Building our Regions projects in the Mackay area are continuing to forge ahead and deliver for the local community.

    “Today’s own goal by the LNP shows that they fail to understand challenges faced by regional Queensland, and the LNP does not deserve to represent regional Queensland.”

    Mr Dick also criticised Mr Powell for attacking the Building our Regions program given the LNP’s own track record funding regional Queensland projects.

    “It is bizarre the LNP is attacking such a successful regional development program, given their Royalties for the Regions was widely regarded as a slush fund of failure,” he said.

    Key findings of the Auditor General regarding the LNP’s botched Royalties for the Regions program include:

    • The LNP Minister funded council projects that did not align well with his own guidelines
    • The LNP Minister also funded strategic projects where no departmental assessment was undertaken and value for money was not considered
    • Many councils unnecessarily invested their time, resources and money to demonstrate the value of their applications against criteria that were apparently irrelevant.

    ENDS

    Media contact: Anika Hume 0447 320 039