Community makes it clear: Get your hands off our port
THE region's leaders have made it clear the community does not support the long-term leasing of the Port of Gladstone.
Environmental groups claim a conflict of interest between the government and the port following the budget announcement the LNP will lease Gladstone's port after the next election, while the Services Union said privatisation would mean more job losses.
Mayor Gail Sellers on Wednesday said Gladstone residents and businesses considered the port "as part of our community, working alongside one another", while independent Gladstone MP Liz Cunningham said a long-term lease was "one stop short of selling".
"Gladstone is different in that the port is geographically very much a part of the CBD," she said.
"The community and the port have always had a very close relationship."
The Australian Marine Conservation Society's Felicity Wishart said the government's management of the port was a clear conflict of interest.
"The Queensland Government are the owner, regulator and manager and now salesmen and profiteer of the port," she said.
The Services Union secretary Neil Henderson said the government's privatisation plans were short-sighted.
"Privatisation of the Port of Brisbane under the previous State Government led to 45% of that workforce losing their jobs," he said.
He said this would have even wider repercussions for the Gladstone community, with the port being one of the biggest employers in the region.
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Julie-Anne Schulz: It won't matter who gets in....they will still put it on the chopping block along with other state assets!
Samantha Reynolds: You would think the Port is profitable so why sell something that is making money?