Malone hits out at Govt
MEMBER for Mirani Ted Malone has launched a bitter attack on the Queensland Government's attitude towards the people of Mount Morgan.
Mr Malone, the Opposition spokesman for emergency services, says Anna Bligh and her ministers have effectively abandoned the town.
The latest example of what he calls the “lack of feeling and consideration towards the mountain-top community” is the withdrawal of a service that allowed residents to renew their driver's licence at Mount Morgan Learning Centre.
He says drivers now face a 100-kilometre round trip to Rockhampton to carry out what should be a simple procedure.
“The Mount Morgan community must wonder what they ever did to the Bligh Government,” he said.
“Firstly the local government amalgamations, the abolition of the seat of Fitzroy and now a proposal to switch the historic town from Capricornia to the Gladstone federal seat of Flynn.
“These moves have been met with much opposition from the locals.”
He said the Bligh Government was clearly not working for the residents of the town.
“There appears to be only a removal of services. In my opinion the Government has no feeling or consideration towards the people.”
A Department of Transport and Main Roads spokesperson said there had been no reduction in services at the Mt Morgan QGAP.
“Mt Morgan QGAP has never been delegated the authority to deliver driver licence renewals for the DTMR and has no online access to DTMR's computer system,” the spokesperson said.
“The Mt Morgan QGAP accepts vehicle registration renewals over the counter and forwards them to Rockhampton Customer Service Centre for processing.
“All Mt Morgan residents can conduct a number of DTMR services, including driver licence renewals, online at www.transportandmainroads.qld.gov.au."