On the dubious basis that "Mr Katter insists there is no safe harbour for boaties between Cairns and Townsville", Wayne Swan has apparently bypassed all state and commonwealth legal, planning and approval processes.
He has given away $5.5m of Australian taxpayers' money for a boat harbour which can never be all-weather safe, on the cyclone-exposed Clump Point on the Cassowary Coast, a development idea for which there is not even an application.
Media release by Alliance to Save Hinchinbrook (ASH) supported by members of the Cassowary Coast Alliance.
Media release by Alliance to Save Hinchinbrook (ASH).
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The Cassowary Coast Shire Council has just thrown the Port Hinchinbrook maintenance mess onto the Queensland government. But they may not realise that it will come bouncing right back.
Under pressure from the canal estate residents, the Council has persuaded the State government to enforce the Deed of Agreement, which states that the developer will keep the waterways open. The State says it will spend taxpayer's money to carry out dredging and recover the costs from the developer.
But after some bond moneys lodged by the developer are absorbed, there is no way of forcing payment for continuing high dredging costs. The easy "out" for the developer is to wind up the company.
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