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'We had a deal' say Mary Valley activists

A DEAL IS A DEAL: David Sims and Julie Worth say they had a deal with the state on the gifting of land to rebuild their community – and they want it kept.PHOTO: GREG MILLER
A DEAL IS A DEAL: David Sims and Julie Worth say they had a deal with the state on the gifting of land to rebuild their community – and they want it kept.PHOTO: GREG MILLER Greg Miller

KANDANGA advocates fear their community has been betrayed in the wash-up of the Queensland State Election.

Land long promised to the community as part of rebuilding the Mary Valley after the Traveston Crossing dam, now is claimed to have been an election promise that might not be possible to fulfil.

Not true, say Kandanga community advocates Julie Worth and David Sims.

They were supported by Mary Valley business and community advocate Jan Watt and Gympie Regional Council planning portfolio councillor Ian Petersen.

They rejected claims by newly elected LNP MP Tony Perrett that community members needed to "talk to Annastacia Palaszczuk" on the issue.

Then treasurer Tim Nicholls joined Mr Perrett in Kandanga to promise the land gift unconditionally for community purposes, including a permanent home for the Kandanga Information Centre, the camping area, recreational access to the town weir and sporting facilities.

Both Mr Nicholls and Mr Perrett promised the land grant was independent of politics or election outcomes and both said they expected the conveyancing of ownership to have taken place before the election.

Asked specifically if the ownership transfer would occur before election day, Mr Nicholls said, "should be" and Mr Perrett concurred.

But it was not true, apparently, as Mr Perrett made clear in an interview with The Gympie Times on Monday.

No-one foresaw the LNP losing the election, he said, saying he could no longer guarantee delivery of the promises.

"Ask Annastacia Palaszczuk," he said.

"Not good enough," was the reaction from Mrs Worth and her supporters yesterday.

"Thank goodness you asked that question," she told photographer Greg Miller, who specifically asked if the promise was an election promise or an undertaking from the state.

Mrs Worth said yesterday Mr Perrett needed to accept his responsibilities as a representative for the area "and be one".

"David Gibson was in opposition in his first term too," she said.

"Tony, you need to do your job and represent us," said Mrs Worth.

Gympie Times

Topics:  kandanga, mary valley, queensland election 2015, traveston crossing dam




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