Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey MP has condemned the Labor Government for failing to properly consult with the local community affected by the proposed Boral quarry bordering Tallebudgera Valley.
“A reply to a Question on Notice* I asked in Parliament in the final sitting week of last year reveals a total failure to consult with local residents over the designation of this site as a Key Resource Area (KRA) in the State Planning Policy 2/07,” Ms Stuckey said.
“Consultation on the draft State Planning Policy: ‘Protection of Extractive Resources’ was undertaken way back in 2004 with key stakeholders identified by the Labor Government.
“These stakeholders included local governments, environmental, indigenous, industry, planning and development groups, and state agencies.
“Omitted from this supposed consultation process were the very residents who would be affected by this project.
“Further, only one public workshop was held regarding the designation of KRAs for the Gold Coast, Logan and Beaudesert areas – in Beenleigh, not the Gold Coast but Beenleigh.
“It is an indictment on this lazy and arrogant Labor Government that those most affected by this proposal, the residents and landowners in the tranquil Tallebudgera Valley, were not considered as deserving of direct consultation.
“Residents were completely unaware of Boral’s plans for a quarry until the shock announcement in November 2010 that devastated our community.
“For a project of this size and nature – a quarry operating 6 days a week for the next 40 years – it is totally unacceptable for a state Government to act with such disregard and contempt towards its constituents.
“This is yet another display of Labor’s absolute indifference to proper community involvement when it comes to planning and consulting on major infrastructure projects.
“It’s time for a change. Not Labor, not this time.