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Thursday, 19 January 2006

Member for Herbert, Peter Lindsay, said he does not support the Mayor’s call for another 6 months of community consultation into the Jezzine barracks and Kissing Point issue. “Community consultation is an important part of the process, and we have now completed some of the most exhaustive community consultations ever undertaken by the Defence Department,” Peter Lindsay MP said. “The Mayor's shilly-shallying and waste of time and money with this issue is exactly the same as his spineless position on the city's outdated mall. And look where that's ended up,” Mr Lindsay said. “In a recent public poll 85% of the community supported one of the options, which would see the historic prime land given back to the community, with the balance of the land retained for defence use. “This poll shows the community’s intentions are quite clear. I don’t believe there is any further need to continue to spend significant time and money on further consultations.” The reference group received more than 2000 submissions and they were considered in detail. The consultants then released the preferred options. “We now need to develop a detailed plan for the site so that the community can enjoy a magnificent extension to The Strand as soon as possible,” Mr Lindsay said. “The Townsville City Council has already provided the Federal Government with its detailed views on the options presented, and those are currently being considered by the Government,” he said. “We’ve had a year of community consultation and discussion, and it is now time to move forward. “My message to the Mayor is very straightforward - let's get on with the job. “Community leadership is about getting things done.”