Langbroek challenges Brisbane Labor for cash injection on the Coast

13 Jun 2017 7:00 AMJohn-Paul Langbroek

Surfers Paradise MP John-Paul Langbroek has called on Brisbane Labor Government Ministers to ‘put their money where their mouth is’ and provide a cash injection to the Gold Coast in today’s State Budget.

"When in Government, the LNP invested heavily in new and improved infrastructure on the Gold Coast for the Commonwealth Games," he said.

"Since then, Labor has been riding on the coattails of the LNP’s investment, thinking that they can get away with delivering next to nothing on the Gold Coast.

"Not only did the Brisbane Labor Government fail to widen the M1 in the last State budget, they have been taking funding and resources away from us ever since.

"Labor has stripped the Surfers Paradise Police force by one-third, weakened the RAP squad, and scrapped the tough bikie laws that protected our City – so in the face of increasing crime on the Gold Coast, police resources are my first priority.

"Under Labor, both Robina and the Gold Coast University Hospitals have become among the worst in the State when it comes to ambulance ramping so I’ll also be fighting for health funding, as well as some cash to deliver a Masterplan for the Spit and Main Beach.

"Today’s Budget is a test – does Labor actually care about the Gold Coast?"

Mr Langbroek said he will also be fighting to secure the future of the Gold Coast Waterways Authority, following revelations that the organisation had run out of money.

"Last month it was revealed that the Gold Coast Waterways Authority had run out of money to complete the planned Surfers Paradise Riverside revamp, and this has ultimately hurt local businesses," he said.

"With the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games less than a year away, we need to reinvigorate Surfers Paradise, not have empty shopfronts and a neglected riverfront.

"I was proud to be part of the former LNP Government which established the $30 million Gold Coast Waterways Authority to return the power and responsibility for managing our waterways back to the Gold Coast Community.

"Under Labor, the Broadwater isn’t being maintained, and bizarrely, Labor has named the sand banks which have formed as a result of a lack of maintenance, effectively ruling out any chance of dredging in the future.

"I’m calling on the Brisbane Labor Government and their Gold Coast candidates to come clean on their intentions for the future of the Gold Coast Waterways Authority."

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