LNP members attack Labor’s Rookwood record
CENTRAL Queensland LNP candidates and Shadow Agricultural Minister Tony Perrett visited Gracemere today to call on the Labor Government to deliver Rookwood Weir.
“Labor’s promised funding for a new weir in Central Queensland is delayed in the latest Treasury capital program – despite Annastacia Palaszczuk publicly spruiking the project,” Mr Perrett said.
“Labor needs to explain what happened to Rookwood Weir’s missing $92m.
“Labor has refused to confirm that the weir will be the full 76,000 ML as promised, not the downsized 50,000 ML – a 34 per cent reduction.”
Mr Perrett said the time to complete Rookwood had “blown out” until 2024.
LNP Keppel candidate Adrian de Groot said: “Labor has not built a dam in the regions for 15 years – they need to admit they never will.”
But Natural Resources Minister Anthony Lynham said work had already begun on the $352 million project.
“Road upgrades are complete at Thirsty Creek and Gogango, work is underway on the new Riverslea Bridge, and McCosker Contracting from Gladstone and Lendlease Engineering have been appointed construction partners,” he said.
“This region-building project will create at least 140 jobs in Central Queensland, inject $120 million into the regional economy and deliver 76,000 megalitres of water and jobs and growth for CQ.”
LNP candidate for Rockhampton Tony Hopkins said that in contrast to Labor, an LNP Government would build the New Bradfield Scheme and other dam projects, adding that Labor wanted to “keep their dodgy figures on Rookwood Weir under wraps”.
Mr Lynham replied that “the only thing the LNP did while in government was to can a dam – the Connors River Dam - and prepare Queenslanders’ dams for sale.
“What other cuts will they make to get to a surplus and still be able to pay for a bigger more expensive weir their PM wouldn’t fund?” he said.