Critics are misguided: Hoolihan
MEMBER for Keppel Paul Hoolihan says any criticism of the State Government over the old Yeppoon Hospital site is misguided.
Yesterday The Morning Bulletin drew attention to builder's rubble and other debris just below the surface on the site Rockhampton Regional Council has earmarked for a sea-front water park.
Cr Bill Ludwig, the former mayor on the Capricorn Coast, was quoted in yesterday's story blaming the Government, which owns the site, for botching the demolition and delaying the handover of the land to the council.
But Mr Hoolihan has turned the tables on Cr Ludwig.
"I understand the real difficulty with the site is as a consequence of the actions of Bill Ludwig," he said.
"It is included within a storm tide inundation area as a result of the campaign he waged against the original hospital proposal.
"Many people pointed out that the hospital had never been affected, and that if it had been, the old council chambers next door would also have been inundated.
"Bill Ludwig even released computer models showing only the hospital site would be flooded."
Mr Hoolihan said the State Government gifted the site to the council and paid for the buildings to be demolished.
"Approximately 87% of the demolished buildings were recycled and any unsuitable material was disposed of," he said.
And he accused the council of dragging its feet by refusing to advise of any firm proposals for the site.