The Palaszczuk Labor Government’s anti-resources and anti-regions agenda could force New Acland mine to lay-off half its workforce in what would be a hammer-blow for the community.
Liberal National Party Shadow Minister for Mines Dale Last blasted the Palaszczuk Labor Government for endless delays and deliberate attempts to sabotage job-creating projects like New Acland in rural and regional Queensland.
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government is anti-regions, anti-resources and anti-jobs,” Mr Last said.
“Job losses at New Acland could be avoided if the Labor Government signs off on stage 3 of the project before September 1, but Labor is disgracefully refusing to give the green light.
“The loss of more than 150 jobs in a town like Oakey will have a devastating impact on the community.
“Queenslanders expect our resource projects to meet high environmental and social standards, but they also expect job-creating projects like New Acland stage 3 to get a fair-go.
“To make matters worse, the Palaszczuk Government funds the very group, the Environmental Defenders Office, that continues to derail this project through the legal system.
“Labor will stop at nothing to kill off new job-creating resource projects in regional Queensland.”
LNP MP for Condamine Pat Weir said the Labor Government’s refusal to give certainty around the approval process is tearing the community apart.
“The people of Oakey just want more jobs and an economic future, but Labor isn’t listening,” Mr Weir said.
“Jobs are at stake as well as the local businesses which rely on the mine.
“It’s not just the direct jobs that are created, the local impact on our economy is a game-changer.
“Labor Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Anthony Lynham could sign off on stage 3 tomorrow, but the government is happy to watch these jobs go down the drain.
“The LNP will always stand up for jobs and regional communities.
“Rural and regional Queenslanders see straight through this Labor Government’s Brisbane-centric agenda.”