Josie FarrerMember for Kimberley

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Barnett refuses to reverse Broome Boating Facility broken promise

Thursday 13 Mar 2014

Premier Colin Barnett has refused to reverse his decision to cut funding for the long-awaited Broome Boating Facility or provide any information on how he would prevent further injuries or loss of property.

The Barnett Government's Mid-Year Review revealed it had broken its promise to build the facility by cutting $47million assigned to the project.

Ms Farrer today presented a Grievance in the WA Parliament, which included photographs of Broome boat users who had been seriously injured while attempting to load their boats into the ocean, and challenged the Premier to reinstate the funding.

"The existing facilities, which are subject to high tides, are extremely dangerous and the people of Broome were relieved when the Liberal-National Government finally announced it would fund the project," Ms Farrer said.

"Colin Barnett's decision to break his promise has angered local boat users and is a terrible blow to the local fishing and tourism industries.

"The existing facilities are simply not good enough. They are subject to very high tides which have seen countless vehicles and boats damaged or lost.

"It's only a matter of time before another person is seriously hurt."

In Parliament today, acting Transport Minister Colin Barnett refused to reinstate funding for the facility or provide any detail on how he will prevent the injuries and damage to property that occur on an almost weekly basis.

"The Broome boating facility working group continuously met for over five years to develop this project. Locals are furious that their tireless commitment to this project have not been rewarded and Barnett has not honoured his promise to the people of Broome," Ms Farrer said.

"Mr Barnett now claims the facility is too expensive.

"If that was the case he should not have made a promise to the people of Broome, raising the community's expectations that they would finally get their boating facility.

It is even more disappointing for Broome locals to learn that Barnett is spending more than $34million in Augusta to develop boat facilities there. Why should my electorate miss out? The Kimberley is yet again forgotten by the Barnett Government.

"Further, Regional Development Minister Terry Redman has been missing in action on this issue, despite the National Party recommitting to the facility during the 2013 State election campaign.

"Mr Barnett and Mr Redman's management of this issue has been appalling and their pathetic excuses will not be accepted by the community.

"The Liberal-National Government's terrible management of the State's finances is the reason we're in this mess and the reason it has broken more than 50 promises since the 2013 State election."