The State Liberal Government has washed its hands of the Shellharbour City Hub proposal making it clear that the project is a matter for Shellharbour City Council to determine, Member for Shellharbour, Anna Watson, said today.
Ms Watson said that the Minister for Local Government, Paul Toole MP, had formally responded to the 10,000 petition tabled by Ms Watson in the State Parliament on 6 August 2014.
“The Minister’s views are entirely consistent with the views that I have expressed to the Stop the Hub Community Group and in the media.
“I always said the Stop the Hub Group leaders’ efforts should have been directed at trying to influence the Council not the State Parliament because they would ultimately be very disappointed by the result.
“I primarily hold the Member for Kiama, Gareth Ward and Councillor Kellie Marsh responsible for leading the Stop the Hub Community Group up the garden path by giving them false hope that the State Parliament could intervene to stop this project.
“In the end, as the Minister has confirmed, neither he, Mr Ward, nor I, can stop this project and Mr Ward should have been honest with the community about that from the beginning”, she said.
Ms Watson said that the she was disappointed that the Stop the Hub Group leadership had dismissed a proposal she had raised that a delegation and all Councillors meet face-to-face to discuss concerns about the Hub project.
“I would ask the Stop the Hub Group leaders to revisit that decision, stop listening to Mr Ward and Liberal Party strategists who are simply playing politics, and to take up the recent invitation of the Mayor to meet with all Councillors to discuss concerns about the project.
“There is never any harm in people of good-faith coming together to discuss concerns and resolve problems”, she said.
Ms Watson said that the petition was still scheduled for debate in the State Parliament on 13 November 2014.
12 September 2014