Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry has called on Bill Byrne, Jim Pearce and Brittany Lauga to come clean on the business case for Rookwood Weir.
“We put $2 million on the table to fund the business case over 14 months ago and were promised that it was under development,” Ms Landry said.
“In April this year Bill Byrne told us that the Request for Information was closing on May 12. Brittany Lauga told us the business case would be ready by the third quarter.
“Yet in a report released last week, Rookwood Weir hasn’t made the list of 23 priority projects currently in the pipeline.
“In fact it seems as if the business case hasn’t progressed at all, while the Cross River Rail and European Train Control System have all been fast tracked.
Ms Landry highlighted inconsistencies in the report where funding for the Lower Fitzroy River Infrastructure Project (Rookwood Weir) ‘is subject to the outcomes of the Detailed Business Case among other matters, including the approved Environmental Impact Statement and matching funding commitments from the state’.
“Putting aside the fact that the EIS was approved earlier this year, it seems rather rhetorical that funding won’t be approved until the State Government commits to funding,” Ms Landry said.
“The report is a pretty good indicator of what the Palaszczuk Government is doing to create real and long term jobs in Central Queensland; not one project between Gladstone and Townsville is even in the pipeline.
“It’s clear that, while the Member for Keppel and the Member for Rockhampton are happy to shamelessly lay claim to federally funded projects like the Bruce Highway upgrades, they never intended to fight for Rookwood,” she said.
In the list of 23 priority projects at different stages of business case development, 15 are in the South East Corner, 2 have state-wide benefits, and only 6 are included for the rest of Queensland.
“We were told in April by both members that Building Queensland was ‘leading the development of a detailed business case’ and that ‘funding couldn't be allocated for the project until the business case was complete, due in the third quarter of the year’.
“Are our state members going to clarify their positions?”