Five years after promising cyclone shelters for vulnerable communities the State Labor government has finally called tenders for eight of the 10 public shelters.
LNP Shadow Minister for Emergency Services John-Paul Langbroek said Labor’s promise had taken years to materialise – despite the $30 million in overseas aid from Abu Dhabi.
“Finally, Labor has got going with the tendering process for eight of 10 public shelters,” Mr Langbroek said.
“But the truth is Cairns and Townsville residents will have to wait until June 2013 to receive the cyclone shelters Labor promised in 2006.
“Any way you look at it, it’s taken this tired, lazy, 20-year government far too long.
“The shelters won’t be available this season. They won’t be available for the next storm and cyclone season and the people of Cairns and Townsville will have to wait beyond June 2013 to get their shelters.
“Because of this lazy and inept Labor government, Cairns and Townsville residents will be being forced to endure another two cyclone seasons before getting the shelters promised in 2006.
“It’s another prime example of Bligh Labor’s inability to properly plan and deliver public infrastructure and community safety.
“And all the while we’ve heard nothing from Labor’s lazy Members neither in Cairns and FNQ – Desley Boyle, Jason O’Brien, Curtis Pitt and Steve Wettenhall, nor in Townsville from Mandy Johnstone, Lindy Nelson-Carr and Craig Wallace.
“After five years of inaction, Labor is now playing catch-up politics on the eve of an election.
“The CanDo LNP team will deliver better infrastructure and better planning.”