Landry slams state delay on Rookwood Weir in federal parliament

October 11, 2016

 

Fast Facts:

  • Qld Labor is under fire for playing delay games on Rookwood Weir

  • The project would create 2,100 new jobs

  • Rookwood could be built within 2 years once the state business case is in hand

 

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry says the Queensland Labor Government’s delay on Rookwood Weir near Rockhampton is stalling the creation of nearly 2,100 new local jobs.

 

Ms Landry today told federal parliament that while families and small businesses were doing it tough in Rockhampton, the state government was deliberately stalling the water infrastructure project.

 

“The federal government has put money on the table for this project. And while other states move forward with major infrastructure to create jobs – Queensland Labor continues to dither.

 

“All Queensland has to do is complete the business case that the federal Coalition is paying for. The project has been on the cards for over 15 years, the federal government wants it built now. But Queensland is hiding behind the skirts of bureaucratic nonsense,” Ms Landry said.

 

The hard-working MP joined the Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce in condemning the Palaszczuk Government. She singled out local Labor state MP Bill Byrne for failing to get on with the job supporting the $260 million Rookwood project.

 

“While the federal government has put $130 million (50%) of the cost of Rookwood on the table and paid $2 million for the state to complete its final business case – the Queensland Labor Government is idle. Rockhampton’s Bill Byrne claims that the business case can’t be completed until 2018. We know this is nonsense.

 

“Experts say the business case can be done by Christmas, the first hole dug in the New Year and the entire project practically finished by the end of 2018,” Ms Landry said

 

“Bill Byrne and Queensland Labor is stalling this project and as a result they are stalling the prospect of thousands of new jobs.”

 

Extract from Ms Landry’s speech for federal parliament:

 

Families and small businesses are doing it tough in the Queensland city of Rockhampton.

 

Capricornia faces a major jobs crisis due to the coal mining downturn.

Resources will never be the same again – that’s why we need to kick start alternative industries to drive our future economy.

Mr Speaker, we can create thousands of jobs around Rockhampton within two years – but the Labor Party once again is holding back this opportunity.

 

Rookwood Weir near Rockhampton is a key economic driver.

 

But Queensland’s State Labor government - and Labor MPs like Bill Byrne – are sitting on their hands delaying the project – and along with it stalling 2,100 new jobs.

 

This is in contrast to the Turnbull-Joyce Coalition Government which has put $130 million on the table to pay for 50% of Rookwood Weir

 

Further to this, we gave Queensland an extra $2 million to get on with the job of completing the state’s business case required for Rookwood.

 

 

The construction of Rookwood Weir would boost agricultural production in the Fitzroy basin by $1 billion – effectively doubling production.

  • Create an additional 2,100 jobs

  • Boost additional services and secondary industries by a multiplier of three

  • And guarantee future water security for urban and industrial use in Gladstone, Rockhampton and Livingstone Shires.

Broke and lacking economic leadership – the ‘go-slow’ Queensland Labor Government say they won’t have their business case ready until maybe 2018.

 

Labor’s State Member for Rockhampton is part of this delay. Instead of getting up and having a go for the people of Rockhampton – Bill Byrne is part of this ‘go slow’ on Rookwood.

 

And this is a disgrace. Because Byrne was the previous Minister for Agriculture in Queensland.

 

State Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga is also as silent as the lambs on this topic.

 

Like their federal Labor counterparts in Canberra - both state Labor MPs have failed Rockhampton and failed to back job creation.

 

Jobs created by Rookwood is a lay-down misere. The Labor Party in Queensland just need to get on with it.

 

Today, I join the Deputy Prime Minister in condemning Queensland for their ‘go slow’.

 

Our expert advice suggests Queensland’s business case could, in fact, be completed this year, with the project starting in 2017.

 

But Labor would rather see that nothing goes ahead in Rockhampton, than give our federal government credit for a project that would create thousands more jobs and turn the city around.

 

KEY FACTS:

The construction of Rookwood Weir would:

  • Boost agricultural production in the Fitzroy basin by $1 billion – effectively doubling production.

  • Create an additional 2,100 jobs

  • Boost additional services and secondary industries by a multiplier of three

  • And guarantee future water security for urban and industrial use in Gladstone, Rockhampton and Livingstone Shires.

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