LNP will act on wa­ter wor­ries

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

IT’S now been sev­eral weeks since the Townsville Wa­ter Task­force handed down its re­port.

Prior to its re­lease, the LNP an­nounced its Se­cur­ing Townsville’s Wa­ter Fu­ture pol­icy, com­mit­ting to up­grade the Haughton Chan­nel and du­pli­cate the Ross River Dam pipe­line to de­liver long term wa­ter se­cu­rity for the res­i­dents of Townsville.

More im­por­tantly, the LNP com­mit­ted to tak­ing ac­tion. We have made it clear that if elected, an LNP gov­ern­ment will call for ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est for con­struc­tion con­trac­tors within 100 days of tak­ing of­fice. The LNP won’t drag out or de­lay fund­ing over four years – this will only ex­ac­er­bate wa­ter se­cu­rity is­sues in the short term.

The Palaszczuk Gov­ern- ment may have put fund­ing in the state bud­get, but as yet, we don’t know what La­bor plans to do with it.

In con­trast, the LNP has demon­strated that we are se­ri­ous about this pro­ject. We will de­liver the fund­ing as soon as pos­si­ble and we will get on with the job, be­cause Townsville has al­ready waited too long.

AN­DREW CRIPPS, Mem­ber for Hinch­in­brook.

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