OPINION: State should not be blamed for Federal funding
Opinion from Brittany Lauga State Member for Keppel:
FOLLOWING on from the Federal Government's announcement last week that much-needed funding for Central Queensland projects through the Stronger Regions program, I write to clarify that the announcement will have no bearing on the commencement of work on the Yeppoon Water Play Park.
Michelle Landry wrongly blamed the State Government for the Federal Government's decision to refuse the Stronger Region's funding application by Livingstone Shire and Rockhampton Regional councils.
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The development of the water play park is a project dually funded by the Palaszczuk Labor government and the Livingstone Shire Council.
The funding of this vital tourism project was a Labor election promise, and it will be delivered.
In fact, the contract for construction of the water play park was awarded last week, with work set to start shortly.
The funding which has been rejected by the Federal Government was earmarked for future stages of the Yeppoon foreshore and the Rockhampton riverbank redevelopment.
I find it extremely disappointing that Ms Landry is trying to blame the State Government for a Federal decision. I am getting on with the job in Keppel.
I encourage Ms Landry to do so too without playing the blame game - it's not necessary and it's not fair of her to.