Tom Stephens

Tom Stephens

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    Opposition costings make no mention about Gascoyne projects

    3/02/1993 12:00 AM
     
     
    There is no mention of major capital works in the Gascoyne region in the Opposition's costings of its election promises.
     
    Gascoyne Minister Tom Stephens said today the Opposition made no funding commitments to the Fascine development in Carnarvon or the Denham foreshore reclamation and landscaping project.
     
    "Nor does the Opposition make any financial commitment to a secure water supply for Carnarvon to match the $250,000 proposed by Premier Carmen Lawrence during her visit last week," Mr Stephens said.
     
    "In fact the Opposition's figures totally ignore major projects in the Mid-West and the Gascoyne, despite the often reiterated promises made by various Opposition spokesmen over the years.
     
    "Either the Opposition has been spruiking nonsense or it is falling back on its reliance on a Hewson Government and GST to make up all shortfalls."
     
    Mr Stephens said the Government had committed $3.5 million over the next two years to the Carnarvon and Denham capital works projects.  Both would add to the tourism infrastructure of the Gascoyne and bring long-term benefits to the region.
     
    "The Opposition has long touted the Fascine development as one of their pet projects, and has talked in terms of an $8 million to $10 million commitment," he said.
     
    "Failure to include this and other projects in the costings can only mean the Opposition's figures cannot be trusted."