Dif­fer­ences on Kep­pel in­vest­ment

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

MEM­BER for Whit­sun­day Ja­son Costi­gan has de­scribed La­bor’s de­ci­sion to com­mit $25 mil­lion into Great Kep­pel Is­land as “out­ra­geous”.

La­bor an­nounced last month that it would pump mil­lions into con­nect­ing the is­land to main­land power and wa­ter, and the de­mo­li­tion of the old re­sort.

Great Kep­pel Is­land will be rein­vig­o­rated af­ter Tower Hold­ings struck a deal to sell its lease to a Sin­ga­pore-led con­sor­tium.

The lo­cal MP asked Tourism Min­is­ter Kate Jones in a ques­tion on no­tice at State Par­lia­ment.

“Can the min­is­ter ex­plain why 50 per cent of the Palaszczuk La­bor Gov­ern­ment’s $50 mil­lion fund to re­ju­ve­nate Greater Bar­rier Reef Is­lands is to be spent on just one is­land – Great Kep­pel Is­land – in the La­bor-held elec­torate of Kep­pel,” he said.

“Why are the Whit­sun­day Is­lands be­ing shafted by La­bor? Great Kep­pel Is­land gets $25 mil­lion, whilst our own is­lands get the crumbs. It’s just out­ra­geous.”

But Ms Jones hit back at Costi­gan’s claims.

“What has Costo in­vested in the Great Bar­rier Reef is­lands? Zero, zip, zilch.

“This is clas­sic Costo – he’s all talk and no ac­tion,” she told the Whit­sun­day Times.

“Dur­ing the State Bud­get, we com­mit­ted $25 mil­lion to part­ner with tourism op­er­a­tors to get our Great Bar­rier Reef is­land re­sorts back up and run­ning. We want to see these tourism hubs re­stored to their for­mer glory.

“Since an­nounc­ing this fund, we’ve been over­whelmed with in­ter­est from tourism op­er­a­tors keen to part­ner with the gov­ern­ment. We’re the only side of pol­i­tics that’s in­vested in the Great Bar­rier Reef is­lands.

“I’m call­ing on the Prime Min­is­ter to match our $25 mil­lion com­mit­ment to re­ju­ve­nate Queens­land’s Great Bar­rier Reef is­lands and give a shot in the arm to the lo­cal tourism in­dus­try.”

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