Philippa Rea of Hillview which is located along Stanage Bay Road, Kunwarara
Philippa Rea of Hillview which is located along Stanage Bay Road, Kunwarara Kerri-Anne Mesner

SHOALWATER: KPMG study 'very vague'

A COMMITTEE that is looking at the interests of landholders and businesses impacted by proposed land acquisitions at Shoalwater Bay has raised a number of concerns with the KPMG socio economic impact study process.

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 has 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 committee meeting on Sunday, were sent to KPMG directly by committee member Phillipa Rea (pictured) who asked for a response by Friday this week.

"They have emailed me back and said 'we will look at your questions',” she said.

Meanwhile, The Bulletin sent the questions to Defence Minister Marise Payne's office, however no response was received by print deadline yesterday.

Mrs Rea said the entire assessment seems very vague and non-specific.

She said it appears 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.

Mrs Rea said it does focus on how the Singapore Armed Forces visiting will benefit the region.

But, she said, it doesn'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.

The committee's full list of concerns with the KPMG study for the Shoalwater Bay expansion can be viewed on The Morning Bulletin website.



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