No go­ing back to Level 3

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

ONE na­tion and our lo­cal can­di­dates are lis­ten­ing to all par­ties on the so­lu­tion to se­cure Townsville’s wa­ter sup­ply and for that mat­ter all of Queens­land. As an­nounced, we would axe the $ 5.4 bil­lion Cross River Rail and spend that money across the state, mainly on se­cur­ing wa­ter and en­ergy sup­ply.

In re­la­tion to Townsville’s wa­ter sup­ply at this stage we will be guided by the Brad Webb- led task­force that is sup­ported by all three lev­els of gov­ern­ment.

The dif­fer­ence be­tween One Na­tion and the old po­lit­i­cal par­ties is we will look long term in re­la­tion to crit­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture like wa­ter and en­ergy know­ing where the money is com­ing from be­fore we pledged our sup­port.

Lo­cal One Na­tion Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment would meet with Townsville City Coun­cil to see their wa­ter se­cu­rity plan be­fore we hand over any money to en­sure the pub­lic’s ex­pec­ta­tions are met.

We have now pledged $ 360 mil­lion for con­struc­tion of in­fra­struc­ture to sup­ply wa­ter, a state re­spon­si­bil­ity, and its trans­port­ing and pos­si­ble treat­ment which is nor­mally the re­spon­si­bil­ity of lo­cal gov­ern­ment. Once a guar­an­tee by the coun­cil to meet sup­ply lev­els is met as Brad Webb him­self said had to be ad­dressed, the state would make the fund­ing avail­able and this would not mean level 3. We can­not re­turn to a sit­u­a­tion where res­i­dents, busi­nesses and in­dus­try are held to ran­som by fu­ture coun­cils that do not plan and act.

Our po­si­tion and pledge to fund the rais­ing of Bur­dekin stage 2 the full 14 me­tres proves again our poli­cies are long term to en- sure ab­so­lute se­cu­rity. State One Na­tion Leader Steve Dick­son said at the week­end’s an­nounce­ment the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment needed to match our pledges dol­lar for dol­lar if they are to prove their sup­port for the de­vel­op­ment and growth of re­gional North Queens­land. With the ax­ing of the $ 5.4 bil­lion Bris­bane project, our money is where our mouth is.

Townsville has been let down by all lev­els of gov­ern­ment in the past on wa­ter se­cu­rity but I con­grat­u­late all three lev­els now form­ing a task­force to deal with it.

With Brad Webb lead­ing that team I am sure it will be look­ing down the road and not just at the dash­board. We must have the pledges for fund­ing and pledges for sup­ply to match. SAM COX, One Na­tion Can­di­date Bur­dekin.

LONG TERM: One Na­tion pledges to raise the Bur­dekin Falls Dam the full 14m.

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