GKI ‘should go ahead’: Shadow Tourism Minister
WHEN Shadow Minister Jann Stuckey met with Our Keppel Our Future rally group supporters last week, she told them their message to the government was clear and strong.
"I'm flabbergasted as to why this project hasn't got off the ground," she told 30 or so members at the Strand Hotel as part of her visit to the region.
"GKI should have been able to proceed.
"Sometimes the government changes things for change's sake and that's the ugly side of politics.
"Sometimes they continue initiatives from past governments and sometimes they bury them," Ms Stuckey said.
"I have to say what you're doing and your campaign is really commendable; it's very simple and clear.
"The government must listen to you."
The OKOF campaign group has already spent tens of thousands of dollars since starting only a few weeks ago.
Their aim is to make sure the State Government hears the community outcry for the GKI development to get the go ahead.
Capricorn Enterprise CEO Mary Carroll said Ms Stuckey, who is the Shadow Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Sport and Racing, wanted to visit the region to speak to locals about how the Cyclone Marcia recovery process was going.
Ms Stuckey gave her advice on ways to better approach government and get answers. She also encouraged group members to write letters to both state MPs in the Capricornia region, Brittany Lauga and Bill Byrne.
OKOF was established after the State Government announced there would no longer be a boutique gaming licence available for the GKI re-development project, proposed by Tower Holdings. The group is made up of local businesses and community members who want to see the project go ahead.