Deputy Opposition Leader Tim Mulherin says a blunder in Gladstone shows the Newman Government must put the interests of flood-affected locals ahead of its craving for self-promotion.
Mr Mulherin said Minister for Communities Tracy Davis had misled Gladstone locals about a “new” community recovery centre to help flood-affected locals.
“Ms Davis issued a news release around midday today (Thursday) saying the Boyne Island community recovery centre was up and running to help flood-affected residents,” he said.
“I was in Gladstone to see flood recovery works so I visited the centre once the statement was issued only to find no-one there.
“In fact I was told the community recovery workers packed up yesterday and had moved on.
"This shows how out of touch the minister is with the recovery efforts which are happening on the ground.
"It is another piece of misinformation issued by an LNP government struggling to keep up with the demands of flood recovery works after sacking 14,000 government workers.
"It appears that the Gladstone region no longer has the government workers needed to run the community recovery centre.
"I was told by locals that numerous people had arrived at the recovery centre seeking assistance after hearing it was open for business.
“But they were then told to ring a toll-free number, 1800 173 349, which referred them back to the non-existent recovery centre on Boyne Island.
"Ms Davis should apologise to Gladstone residents and immediately sort out what is a mess of her own government’s making.
"Flood-hit locals have suffered enough and are the last people who should be stuffed around by the LNP government’s incompetence,” Mr Mulherin said.