The re-announcement that Arrow Energy will develop its Surat Basin Gas Project is merely an attempt by Labor to distract from their botched handling of schools and tenancy rules during the coronavirus crisis.
LNP Shadow Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dale Last said the project was originally approved in 2013 by the previous LNP Government but had been held up by Labor for many years.
“The timing of this announcement has all the hallmarks of a desperate government trying to distract people from their botched handling of schools and tenancy rules,” Mr Last said.
“The LNP welcomes the project, which will create local jobs and increase Queensland’s all-important gas supplies.
“The LNP also understands the sensitivities of such projects in regard to landholders and local communities.
“The Surat Basin region is a vitally important region for agricultural production and any gas development must be done with the greatest respect and not at the expense of landholders.
“The LNP will be keeping a watchful eye on the project to ensure our communities are respected as well as making sure all the necessary environmental processes and laws are followed.
“Big projects like this mean big changes for communities and regions and the LNP will always stand up for and protect landholders through these times.”
* Original statement announcing project on 28 February 2019: http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2019/2/28/more-gas-and-jobs-to-flow-as-10-billion-arrow-project-gets-the-green-light