Statement from Shadow Treasurer Curtis Pitt re Aquis approval by Coordinator-General

The Queensland Labor Opposition welcomes the release of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Aquis project ttoday.

We will study it closely, but we acknowledge the approvals granted by the Coordinator-General.

This report confirms both the substantial economic benefits that would flow to the region, as well as the growing pains the project could potentially cause for the region if it is not properly managed.

Recently the Opposition Leader and I toured the Aquis site, and declared our support for the project in principle, pursuant to the proposal passing every environmental and regulatory hurdle.

Labor has also made clear that the project must include provisions to employ people locally and to contract local businesses.

This project will only truly benefit our local economy if it engages with the local economy.

Of significant note from the report is that neither the Workforce Development and Management Plan nor the Local Content Plan are completed.

We again call on the Government to make local jobs a priority, especially since youth unemployment in our region has almost doubled under this Government.