Publicity blackout on visit
SUSTAINABILITY Minister Kate Jones has been criticised over a publicity blackout prior to a visit to Fraser Island this week, when she and Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke opened $3.4 million worth of upgraded visitor facilities at Lake McKenzie.
Snubbed Hervey Bay MP Ted Sorensen, a critic of the government’s Fraser Island dingo policies and claimed government penny-pinching on the island, was not invited to the opening but crashed it anyway.
Yesterday, he said he was made to stand outside the ceremony venue.
Local media also were not informed until almost the last minute, as Ms Jones and Mr Burke travelled to the island for the opening, which was attended by traditional Butchulla landowners.
In a news release issued after the opening, Ms Jones said the Federal Government had invested $1.8 million in the project, with the State Government delivering $1.6 million.
Mr Sorensen clashed with Ms Jones earlier in the week when he said the $5.7 million State budget for the island was a reduction from last year’s $6.63 million allocation.
“If you look at the figures, they’re getting up to $7 million in revenue off Fraser Island.
“They’re not even spending (on Fraser Island) the revenue that they’re getting from Fraser Island,” he said.