Entsch and Lui trade barbs over mill hold up
FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch is calling on the State Government to save Mossman Mill.
The mill needs a $16 million investment from government to get the bio-precinct project across the line.
Mr Entsch, in his adjournment speech in parliament on Tuesday, hit out at the state government for taking what he called a back seat on the issue.
“They have been completely silent on the issue; they have left the project in a state of flux,” Mr Entsch said.
“The Queensland Government told Far North Milling they have no interest in funding the actual mill.”
Mr Entsch called out Member for Cook Cynthia Lui.
“Sadly, the Labor Member for Cook, Cynthia Lui has also been missing in action on this issue and has all but turned her back on the Mossman community,” he claimed.
“The Australian Government and Douglas Shire Council stepped up to the plate but the Queensland Government has not. Their refusal to support this project has now placed the project in jeopardy.”
Cynthia Lui responded by accusing Mr Entsch of “playing with funny money”.
“Warren Entsch hasn’t actually handed over a single dollar to Mossman Mill and he won’t hand over a single dollar until he gets a business case that stacks up,” Ms Lui said.
“The Queensland Government wants the same thing as the Federal Government; a business case that stacks up.
“Unlike Warren, the Queensland Government are helping the growers put one together.
“I’m fighting hard to support the Mossman Mill just like the Federal Government we need to see that business case and it needs to stack up.”