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Burrum Heads man quoted almost $42,000 to do $3000 job

A BURRUM Heads man has accused the State Government of extortion after a contractor quoted him almost $42,000 to fill a 600m3 hole.

Following a court appearance in July last year, Doug Waters was ordered to fill a dam he originally dug for the Rural Fire Service to pump water, and to repair the national park roads.

Mr Waters was quoted a staggering $41,976 by a Department of Environment and Heritage Protection contractor.

Mr Waters refused to pay the contractor, instead obtaining his own quote for the same work.

Quicksilver Excavations offered to do the work for $3000 - about $38,000 less than the EHP contractor.

"It was extortion," Mr Waters said.

"There's $16,000 just to bring the machinery in.

"How could you justify $16,000 to bring in the machinery to do a $3000 job?"

A Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service spokesman said the department was unable to comment on individual tenders for work in national parks.

"The sum of $41,976 provided to the court was an initial estimate involving a much wider scope of works, including restoration," he said.

"All matters in relation to this issue were dealt with by the courts at the time and were finalised with Mr Waters' agreement."

Mr Waters was formerly an LNP member, letter dropping for Premier Campbell Newman in his seat of Ashgrove at the last election.

However he resigned in March after becoming angry with the Premier and the party.

Last year, Mr Waters was fined more than $7500 for towing bogged four-wheel drives out of the Burrum Heads National Park.

He has also had a long battle with the State Government regarding the condition of the national park road.

The hole was filled using one machine, a truck and one man.

The Premier is overseas and wasn't available for comment.

The EHP quote

  • Site establishment and disestablishment: $6050
  • Machine hire: $26,576
  • Sandy fill: $9350

Topics:  burrum heads, state government




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