Main Roads relocation 'cop out'

MEMBER for Gympie David Gibson has blasted Minister for Main Roads Craig Wallace after he recently responded to a petition lodged about the relocation of the Main Roads North Coast Regional Office to the Sunshine Coast.

“It’s a cop out by the minister,” Mr Gibson said.

“At a time when government is talking about how to manage population growth, and decentralisation is one of the State Government initiatives (to combat growth), you find the Minister of Main Roads actively working against government by consolidating people in South East Queensland.

“Again it shows the left hand of the Bligh Labor Government doesn’t know what the right hand is doing,” he said.

In the response Minister Wallace said the decision to relocate the North Coast Regional office from Gympie to Maroochydore was an outcome of the rationalisation of local government boundaries after the 2008 amalgamations.

“The Department... enjoys a close relationship with its local government partners and in the interests of building the relationship with the newly formed Sunshine Coast Regional Council the department took the decision to relocate its regional office to Maroochydore,” Mr Wallace wrote.

The minister also said the new office now aligns with the SEQ planning region. Mr Gibson said the minister hadn’t addressed the key issues of the petition in his response and had instead chosen to hide behind the rationalisation of department boundaries.

“There will be no job losses for staff, ensuring that those families choosing to remain will continue to support business and community groups over the coming years,” Mr Wallace wrote.

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