Blink and you would have missed her. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s flash in the pan visit to the Sunshine Coast has been slammed by State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle for leaving much to be desired for the growing region.
“The Premier’s short stop on the Coast resembles that of a FIFO visit. The difference being that FIFO workers get on with the job when they arrive.” Mr McArdle said.
“I am pleased that at the very least the new Baringa State School has been recognised in the Premier’s limited agenda today. This project deserves recognition for the important role it will play in the long-term growth of Caloundra South.” Mr McArdle said.
“However, the greater issue of the Coast’s and indeed Caloundra’s population growth again failed to receive any priority.”
“Education Minister Kate Jones in a statement today said that the Baringa school would “---educate more than 900 students - a figure we anticipate could be reached within five to eight years.’ acknowledging that this area is expected to boom.”
“Yet we have had no action on the Caloundra Road/Nicklin Way Roundabout from this Government.” Mr McArdle said.
“Caloundra’s population will grow by an estimated 50,000 at Aura and another 17,000 at Palmwoods, but for anyone who sits on the Sunshine Coast’s Longest Carpark, Caloundra Road, every morning knows that we cannot wait for these slip lanes.” Mr McArdle said.
“More than 35,000 vehicles currently use Caloundra Road each day and that number continues to grow. We need to start actioning road congestion solutions today, not in 20 years after vehicles numbers have doubled.”
“The Premier also overlooked the Mooloolah Valley Community Centre during her visit. The much loved and important Centre plays a vital role in supporting vulnerable people in the local area and creating an inclusive environment for the local community.” Mr McArdle said.
“But this Centre has literally been fighting for its livelihood. Without the approval of a long term lease from Education Queensland the Committee is unable to secure capitol grants needed to expanded programs to serve the growing community.” Mr McArdle said.
The Premier was last seen giving the royal wave while travelling down Caloundra Road prior to peak hour, ending her short visit to the Sunshine Coast.