Albanese has not seen Yeppen report
THE long-awaited Yeppen Flood Plain study has not even been viewed by Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese.
This was confirmed by Mr Albanese's office yesterday after Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald called for the immediate release of the study.
"It's a bit hard to release something we don't have, a fact which departmental officials pointed out to Senator Macdonald this morning in Estimates," a spokesman for Mr Albanese said yesterday.
Senator Macdonald claimed the Queensland Government was either incompetent or was deliberately delaying the release of the study for political reasons.
The Liberal National Party Northern and Remote Australia spokesman said the study was vitally important to Rockhampton and Central Queensland.
"The Morning Bulletin reported on January 23 that Minister Anthony Albanese had promised that the study, funded by the Federal Government but prepared by the State Government, would be released 'in coming weeks'," the spokesman said.
"It is now three weeks since Mr Albanese's promise but officials tell me today the completed study has still not been seen by the Commonwealth and that study will not be released until the Commonwealth has seen the final document."
Senator Macdonald said Commonwealth officials indicated they expected it would be released in the next couple of months.
Queensland's Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace said the study and recommendations had been sent to the Federal Minister this week for his consideration.
"It's a bit rich for Senator Macdonald to get up on his high horse on this issue after the Howard Government had 12 years to come up with a solution," he said.
A spokesman for Capricorn Federal MP Kirsten Livermore claimed Ms Livermore had not seen the report or recommendations, but had been briefed a number of times throughout the study period.