THE Bligh Labor Government was desperately seeking to further delay the Nathan Dam and has chosen a handful of snails as an excuse, says Member for Callide Jeff Seeney.
“Anna Bligh cannot seriously expect anyone to believe that a massive infrastructure project such as the Nathan Dam can be postponed because of 100 small snails in a patch of grass half the size of a house block,” Mr Seeney said.
The Central Telegraph last week revealed the Nathan dam project had been delayed for at least two years, while scientists study whether the snails can be relocated from the small, swampy area even though they exist in greater numbers in other nearby areas.
“I believe the Labor Government has run out of money and is using the snails as a poor excuse for more delays to this essential infrastructure project,” Mr Seeney said.
“It speaks volumes about how delusional this Labor Government has become that they want us to believe that the future of 100 snails is more important than the economic future of the people in the Dawson and Callide valleys.
“I unashamedly believe the economic future of our area and the people of our communities is infinitely more important than snails and it has been recognised for years that the Nathan Dam is essential to provide the water to realise that future.
“To suggest the dam project that we have needed so badly for so many years should again be postponed because of a handful of snails is absurd and an insult to the intelligence of any reasonable person,” Mr Seeney said.
“Ten years of financial mismanagement has led the State Labor Government to go broke in a boom. Anna Bligh and her Government have blown the money and are now so broke they have lost our AAA credit rating and are running up debts that will take generations to repay.
“Nathan Dam is a casualty of Labor's gross financial mismanagement and it has been postponed again because Anna Bligh's Labor Government is flat broke.
“Until we get rid of this woeful government, growth in our area will be limited to a snail's pace and Anna Bligh is using those snails as a ridiculous excuse for what is another Labor failure,” Mr Seeney said.
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