Labor locks out locals from Hervey Bay hospital contracts

by Ted Sorensen
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With the Qld State election having been called, it’s very concerning how Hervey Bay businesses have once again been snubbed by Labor.

  • Fraser Coast and Wide Bay contractors and sub-contractors overlooked for government work at the new $44 million emergency department at Hervey Bay Hospital
  • Labor’s ‘Buy Queensland’ policy is a sham, and nothing short of taxpayer funded deceit
  • Premier’s promised Wide Bay-Burnett community during her visit last month that local contractors would be used for the work, and 170 local jobs would be createdFraser Coast and Wide Bay contractors and sub-contractors are seething after being overlooked for government work at the new $44 million emergency department at Hervey Bay Hospital.LNP Shadow Minister for Housing and Public Works Stephen Bennett said Labor’s ‘Buy Queensland’ policy was a sham, and nothing short of taxpayer funded deceit.

    “Local builders and contractors on the Fraser Coast and Wide Bay have been stunned by all contracts for the new Hervey Bay emergency department were awarded interstate,” Mr Bennett said.

    “This shows the Palaszczuk Labor Government is simply splurging taxpayers’ money on propaganda, with no intention of following through on their promises to local businesses and workers.

    “This deceit comes despite the Premier’s pledge to the Wide Bay Burnett community during her visit last month that local contractors would be used for the work, and 170 local jobs would be created.

    “The reality is local companies have missed out and the Palaszczuk Government’s procurement policy has been shown up as an absolute farce – what a disgraceful and hollow promise from this do-nothing government.”

    Mr Bennett said he understood the main contracting company was from Melbourne, while the electrical, plumbing, mechanical and refrigeration contracts had not been awarded to locals either.

    “I know of three local contractors including electrical and refrigeration contractors whose tenders were competitive and who were set to employ hundreds of local workers and hire many apprentices,” he said.

    “There’ve been dumped, and all that work has gone to out-of-towners through the Melbourne-based construction company that’s been awarded the head contract.”

    LNP Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen said detailed planning and funding for a bid for a substantial development in emergency services at Hervey Bay Hospital was prepared in the LNP’s final year.

    “So much for all the promises from the Premier about supporting local companies,” Mr Sorensen said.

    “Since Labor has taken over the reins, the on-going processes have been dreadful.

    “All Labor seems capable of doing is sending our local jobs interstate, and it’s a complete disgrace.”

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