Qld Labor promised Rookwood would be built by 2011 – so where is it?
In 2006, Labor Premier Peter Beattie promised to have Rookwood Weir built by 2011
The same year Anastasia Palaszczuk – now current Labor Premier - was elected to parliament.
Essentially, she was elected on a Labor promise to all Queenslanders to have Rookwood Weir built by 2011.
So, where’s Rookwood Weir?
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry has dismissed Building Queensland’s excuse for delays in completing a state business case required for Rookwood Weir – citing a 2006 election promise by State Labor to have the project finished by 2011.
Business Queensland - the group that carries out economic evaluations on behalf of the state government - issued a statement this week saying the 2016 business case could not be ‘rushed’.
Ms Landry said: “The situation is the height of hypocrisy, because when it comes to major projects like the Brisbane Cross River Rail or Townsville’s Stadium, Queensland Labor asked for Commonwealth money without a business case even having been started!”
Ms Landry described Business Queensland as a convenient skirt for the State Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne, Brittaney Lauga to hide behind for failing to lobby harder for Rookwood.
“Perhaps they need to check the filing cabinet. Why? Because, way back in 2006, then Labor Premier Peter Beattie made the commitment to build Rookwood by 2011,” Ms Landry said.
“The year he made that commitment, is also the year Anastasia Palaszczuk – now current Labor Premier -was elected to parliament.
“So, essentially, she was elected on a Labor promise to all Queenslanders to have Rookwood Weir built by 2011.”
Ms Landry said 10 years after promising Rookwood - and five years after Labor promised it would be finished – State Labor and Business Queensland say the Rookwood business case “mustn’t be rushed” and will now take until the end of 2017.
“If Peter Beattie can promise Rookwood Weir to be finished by 2011 – surely there must have been enough studies and consultations conducted to satisfy the Premier of the same party, today, it is warranted,” Ms Landry said.
“This is unacceptable. Get on with it Queensland! You already agreed to have it built by 2011.”
In 2006, Peter Beattie said:
“My government recently announced funding to accelerate the raising of the Eden Bann Weir and the building of the new Rockwood Weir by 2011. These will be key infrastructure components in assisting the development of this region.” – Peter Beattie
Ms Landry said every day that State Labor stalls on the Rookwood business case – they stall on creating thousands of new jobs.
In contrast, the federal Turnbull-Joyce Government has already committed $132 million to Rookwood Weir.
Ms Landry seized on comments today by Federal Labor front bencher Anthony Albanese – who confirmed that Labor’s policy on infrastructure direction focussed only on Brisbane and the south east corner.
“I am dismayed by Albanese’s view that Labor's critical infrastructure investment for Queensland is a cross river tunnel in Brisbane,” Ms Landry said.
“They are only interested in the capital cities and the South East corner. They have nothing for regional Queensland, while their state counterparts stall a business case for Rookwood Weir,” Ms Landry said.