Ken O'Dowd , Scott Emerson, Warren Truss, Michelle Landry and Bruce Young at the opening of the Yeppen North Project. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Ken O'Dowd , Scott Emerson, Warren Truss, Michelle Landry and Bruce Young at the opening of the Yeppen North Project. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

Key faces absent at major Yeppen project opening

THERE'S no doubt the opening of the Yeppen north project is good news, not just for Rockhampton but for the country as a whole.

There were congratulations all round as representatives from all levels of government and all sides of politics joined in the celebration.

Notably missing were two key people instrumental in getting the project under way; former Member for Capricornia Kirsten Livermore and former CQ Main Roads boss Terry Hill.

It is understood both Ms Livermore and Mr Hill were overseas, but regardless, they weren't invited.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson confirmed Mr Hill wasn't invited.

A spokesman from his office said delivering major projects on behalf of taxpayers was a team effort involving hundreds of government staff and contractors.

"We sincerely acknowledge everyone involved in delivering Yeppen North and getting Yeppen South to the contract stage," the spokesman said.

"This is just the beginning of the LNP's 10-year effort to significantly improve the Bruce Hwy."

Despite numerous attempts to get to an answer about Mr Hill's sacking in June, the government remains tight-lipped and would only repeat that it was the department's decision to move in a new direction and not renew his contract.

Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne said there had never been a rational answer given for Mr Hill's contract failing to be renewed.

"It is a matter that remains unresolved and a matter that will not go away," he said.



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