KAP member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth and member for Mt Isa Rob Katter have today stepped in to settle the ongoing jostling between the ALP and the LNP on the issue of Stradbroke Island.
Introducing a Private members bill which moves island’s Sand Mining closure date to 2024 has offered a sensible compromise for the two battling majors.
“The former LNP Government permitted sand mining on the island to 2035 and now the ALP plans to phase it out in 2019,” Mr Knuth said.
“Instead the KAP were the adults, in to settle the issue and find a middle ground supported by both the industry and community.”
Mr Knuth said the North Stradbroke Island Protection and Sustainability (Renewal of Mining Leases) Amendment Act 2015 would give the island a sustainable and realistic time frame to implement the transition.
“These workers have been pulled from pillar to post, how is business in Queensland supposed to operate with these continuous changes,” he said.
“There are employees that are paying for their homes and their children’s education, they need certainty.”
Though North Stradbroke Island is located well outside of each of the member’s electorates Mr Katter believes it had become necessary to intervene.
“We are about jobs for Queensland and practical policy,” Mr Katter said.
“We had to step in and find the middle ground on the CCC issue, we are doing it for Liquor lockouts and we will do it again for Sand mining.”
“I see little reason to cut 110 jobs from North Stradbroke Island, in a time where the mining sector isn’t its strongest.
“Sibelco generates $130 million each year into the local economy, employees large population of indigenous workers and has committed to assisting with the transition in 2025 – this is something that must be supported,” he said.
“If we want to keep Queensland going sensible compromise needs to take priority over political agendas.”