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Powell Media Release – Budget Bluff for disappointed Coast Communities (15 June 2011)

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, believes the Labor Government has stooped to new lows in their neglect of northern Moreton Bay and the Sunshine Coast.

“Not only have we seen zero acknowledgement of the real needs of Glass House and Coast residents, the Government has tried to bluff locals by re-hashing old funding announcements,” Mr Powell said.

“Ignoring us is one thing, but to try and fool us by trotting out old news in new spin is despicable.

The key budget announcements for the electorate of Glass House, contained in the Sunshine Coast Regional Budget Statement, have appeared in at least the last two previous budgets, namely:

  • $500,000 to start the $5 million upgrade to a section of Maleny-Kenilworth Road, between Cambroon Creek and Booloumba Creek at Cambroon;
  • $6 million to complete the $11.1 million project to replace Hammond Bridge at Six Mile Creek, Elimbah; and
  • $196,000 to replace two bridges at Kondalilla Falls National Park.

“I know many in the Glass House communities will join me in expressing their outrage at this treatment – it’s simply outrageous,” Mr Powell continued.

“As for the marquee Budget announcement of abolishing the ambulance levy – well, I think locals will see through that as well.

“Sure, it might put $113 a year back in the household budget, but it’s not like the government isn’t going to get it back ten fold with ongoing increases to fuel, registration, licences, electricity, water and public transport fares.”

“Cost of living pressure is the number one issue for families and households in Glass House.  The government has admitted this themselves through this token announcement.  In the end, only a change of government will address the long term causes of this cost of living pressure,” Mr Powell concluded.

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