Entsch and Lui trade barbs over mill hold up

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Gizelle Ghidella

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.”

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