MINISTER BLAIR CALLED OUT OVER INACTION ON COLLAPSE OF PELICAN MARINA

Calling on the Minister for Primary Industries, the Hon. Niall Blair MLC, to immediately release several reports conducted into the condition of the Pelican Marina to the public, Ms Catley condemned the Minister for his ambivalence and inaction.

Ms Catley also called on Minister Blair to come to the Swansea Electorate and talk directly with those residents, workers and business owners who have been affected by the collapse and to outline what assistance the government will make available to those who have lost everything because of this disaster.

Select excerpts from the Member for Swansea, Yasmin Catley’s Private Members’ Statement:

“Ambivalence and inaction certainly categorise Minister Blair’s reaction to the collapse and subsequent need to demolish the Marina.”

“This description also holds true to the Minister’s response to concerns that were raised about the Marina for more than 12 months prior to its collapse.”

“I’m calling on the Government to release the Independent Structural Report that was undertaken in December, which allegedly did not adequately advise the government of structural concerns.”

“I call on the Government to release WorkCover’s scathing safety report which was conducted in September in the interest of public good.”

It’s simply not good enough to let bureaucrats take the heat for this incident. At the end of the day, the buck stops with the Minister. Right now, people want answers, and they want them from the person in charge – Minister Blair.”

“The Government must now outline what assistance they will be providing to those who have lost their livelihoods and homes because of the collapse.”

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