Ratepayers will fund Tin Can Bay restoration
GYMPIE ratepayers will be footing the bill because the Queensland Government has declined to help fund restoration works at Tin Can Bay foreshore, Gympie MP Tony Perrett says.
Mr Perrett has criticised the Government for not honouring a $1 million election promise by the previous LNP state government to fund stabilisation works on the eroded foreshore.
"It was recognised as a desirable project under Treasury funding and would have gone a long way to helping improve the foreshore with a sea wall and stabilisation of the footpath along Cod St," Mr Perrett said.
"Gympie locals will now be slugged with the bill, with the works undertaken by the Gympie Regional Council.
"Currently the foreshore at Cod St is being eroded as a result of significant weather and tidal events during the last few years," Mr Perrett said.
"Otherwise the footpath along the street is in danger of being undermined and disappearing into the water," he said.
"Earlier this year I wrote to the Government and tabled a Question on Notice about the matter.
"The Deputy Premier... Jackie Trad has advised me that there was no funding because the Palaszczuk government did not make a similar commitment during the election.
"The area is being regularly used by locals including a significant population of retirees and pensioners.
"It is a popular tourist destination with 436,000 tourists visiting the Cooloola Coast in 2012 and is now a significant feature of international tourism campaigns by Tourism Events Queensland and Tourism Australia."