The Proserpine Entertainment Centre looks like being rebuilt with an injection of federal money irrespective of the Federal Election outcome.
Federal MP George Christensen says that he had been working on a potential funding pathway for months and Labor Leader Bill Shorten expected to announce today that if elected his new government would fund any shortfall in reconstruction costs.
Mr Christensen says the Labor Leader is just jumping onto a funding band wagon which is already rolling.
“I understand Labor is going to make an election promise today regarding the centre, and they’re simply riding on my coat tails because they have found out that I’ve been working on this project.
“Labor can’t manage funds and they have a track record of breaking promises, so you can’t trust what comes out of their mouths.”
“I understand how the people of this region feel about the Proserpine Entertainment Centre, which copped a hiding during Cyclone Debbie. It’s the heart and soul of this proud community and they want it back.”
“I have been working through a funding solution, not a promise, but the funds to get it done as soon as possible.”
Mr Christensen explains the funding reality.
“The situation is this. Following Cyclone Debbie, Whitsunday Regional Council got both government and insurance funding to rebuild the centre.”
“When work started, they discovered that the building had some serious structural defects that had nothing to do with cyclone damage. These very serious structural issues were already there.”
“That’s why the Proserpine Entertainment Centre now has to be demolished and rebuilt, and at a greater cost, and I am working on getting it funded through the Community Development Program.”