SHOALWATER: KPMG study submissions close in 10 days
LANDHOLDERS and business owners have been told they have 10 days to get their submissions into for the socio-economic impact study being conducted by KPMG.
Marlborough Against the Defence Land Grab (MADLG) committee chairperson Danii McKenzie said KPMG had advised they would be sending representatives to the region on Thursday to discuss the concerns MADLG raised in a letter last week.
She said they were also advised the cut off date for submissions for this study was February 17 - three days before the Federal Government is due to release a revised and finalised map of what land the Australian Defence Force wants to acquire for the Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area expansion.
"We thought we had a month or two,” Mrs McKenzie said.
KPMG confirmed there will be representatives in the region on Thursday and Friday and the cut off for submissions is close of business on February 17.
Mrs McKenzie said the committee was concerned about the short turn around of the KPMG cut off date and the release of the new map.
An assessment of the social and economic impacts of the proposed expansion of Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area by land acquisitions is being carried out by KPMG and would be completed by mid-2017.
The Marlborough Against Defence Land Grab committee reviewed the information provided to them so far and carried out some research, which has led to a long list of questions.
The questions, which were formalised at a meeting of the committee on January 29, were sent to KPMG directly by committee member Phillipa Rea who asked for response by February 3.
Mrs Rea told The Morning Bulletin they did receive a response on Friday, but it did not answer the questions the committee had put to KPMG.
She said the entire assessment seemed very vague and non-specific.
Mrs Rea said it appeared to not be looking at the effects of the land acquisitions such as loss of agricultural land, beef cattle, business related to running beef cattle industry and the effects on the Marlborough township.
She said it did focus on how the Singapore Armed Forces visiting would benefit the region.
But, Mrs Rea said, it didn't appear to weigh up the benefits to the region with the 'costs' to the community.
Other concerns raised by the committee include the study only looking at the effects to Livingstone Shire Council and not Rockhampton Regional Council and there was no guarantee the private information requested in the form would be kept confidential.
Mrs Rea said this KPMG study, in comparison to the one the company carried out on coal seam gas in Queensland, "the scope and structure of that review was quite broad”.