Gaven independent MP Dr Alex Douglas MP says Campbell Newman’s LNP Government has no plans to fix the public bus mess west of the Pacific Motorway whilst its Gaven candidate doesn’t want to hear residents’ complaints.
“Hard hit residents in Clearwater and West Nerang say their protests on LNP candidate’s Sid Cramp’s Facebook page have been deleted, a sure indication he’s not interested in what the community is telling him and he can’t take the heat.
“How hypocritical, when on one hand he wants accountability and transparency, and on the other hand he sanitises his Facebook page to take away any criticism.
“The candidate showed no empathy when he publicly boasted to a seniors’ morning tea at Earle Haven Retirement Village that services in an adjoining electorate had improved, despite the residents losing a direct bus service to Southport at their front gate.
“Sid Cramp’s action plan does not mention public transport, despite a huge public outcry in 2014 that residents had no public transport when they most needed it.
“The only tiny reference by Mr Cramp in his electioneering material bombarding my residents is that the LNP has boosted investment in public transport – is he dreaming and is this a reflection of his understanding of real issues facing my residents?
“How can Campbell Newman seriously claim in the LNP public transport policy that the frequency, affordability and reliability of public transport has improved when most of my electorate doesn’t have a bus after mid-afternoon or any weekend services?
“On the other hand, Labor’s Michael Riordan claims to have seen first hand the damage that Campbell Newman has done to the community, but he too offers no answers to improving services in the electorate.
“I question how both the LNP and Labor can be taken seriously when they have not provided solutions despite the crippling effects the bus fiasco is having on my residents.
“Clearly the LNP and Labor have not listened to Gaven residents because people tell me they will vote for anyone who can get the buses reinstated.
“I am the only person who stood up for the residents whilst Campbell Newman, the Transport Minister Scott Emerson and Gold Coast MPs have consistently thumbed their noses.
“My continual representations for a reinstatement of services have been ignored, despite tabling a petition in State Parliament, calling a public meeting in Clearwater and highlighting the crisis in Parliament.
“I won’t stop until the former services are reinstated, giving residents an improved public service to get them home, to work or medical appointments.
“Just last night a Clearwater Estate resident told me the lack of a weekend service was a joke and she relied on neighbours to get her young family to work and to after-school activities because there are no buses.”
“The public bus crisis in the electorate was by far the biggest single issue confronting residents in 2014, but one which the major parties are ignoring.”