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MP Nick Dametto: Olympics money better spent on North

SPENDING $4.5 billion on a ‘frivolous’ Olympics bid for Brisbane could be far better spent on projects that would turbocharge North Queensland, says Hinchinbrook MP Nick Dametto.

Mr Dametto said every North Queenslander had a right to demand the state Labor Government ‘end the south-east’s self-indulgence’ and divert bid funding for game-changing infrastructure projects that will accelerate the north.

He said: ‘The Brisbane major parties need to end this silly obsession with the Olympics and start properly investing in our regions.

‘With $4.5 billion, you could build a fair chunk of Hells Gates Dam, the North Johnstone Transfer, a state-owned rail line into the Galilee Basin, as well as invest in the North Queensland bio-energy plant and fully fund all-tidal access for both Cardwell and Lucinda.

‘These projects would create thousands of jobs and turbocharge our region’s economic output.

‘The Olympics bid has always been about the south-east.’

Mr Dametto said in such economically challenging times, governments should be making long-term investments in Queensland.

‘The cost of some recent games had blown out to eye-watering figures including the $US15 billion price of London 2012 and $US21.9 billion figure for Sochi 2014.

‘There’s every chance that could happen if the Olympics come to Brisbane – and the majority of Queensland will be poorer for it.

‘Katter’s Australian Party has the vision and determination to build a prosperous and strong regional Queensland. The major parties are too busy pandering to the south-east.’

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