Ray Stevens facing threat of investigation into proposed cable car project after public ‘meltdown’
Mermaid Beach MP Ray Stevens facing threat of investigation into proposed cable car project after public ‘meltdown’
GOLD Coast MP Ray Stevens is facing the threat of an investigation into his proposed cable car development as tension about the project explodes at public meetings and polling booths.
Mr Stevens has been filmed at a Coast polling booth arguing with a Chevron Island website editor who questioned his role in the $100 million project.
But Premier Campbell Newman has continued to back the under-fire MP.
The heated encounter which shows Mr Stevens dancing like a bird and refusing to answer questions was posted on YouTube and the clip went viral late yesterday.
Independent Australia editor David Donovan had asked Mr Stevens why he was refusing to release correspondence with the Integrity Commissioner about his involvement in Gold Coast Skyride.
The Commission cleared Mr Stevens of a conflict of interest over his role in the project. [CNW note: “allegedly” – he won’t release the advice]
The Gold Coast Bulletin has been questioning Mr Stevens about his involvement with Gold Coast Skyride for 84 days, without success.
“He lost the plot and I guess he did not realise he was being filmed. I was totally stunned because I thought I was asking polite and normal questions,” Mr Donovan said late yesterday.
Premier Campbell Newman backed Mr Stevens after seeing the video.
“Ray Stevens is a great bloke, he’s worked very hard and has continued to work hard for the local community,” Mr Newman said.
“It’s pretty funny though, I’ve got to say, a bit odd and perhaps a lot of people out there will set the video to some music.
“I do say people should get behind him, he should get re-elected as the local member and people get to make that choice in a few days’ time.”
The row on Monday followed a peak hour morning protest by No Way Cableway members outside the MP’s Mermaid Beach office.
The cable car issue was reignited on Tuesday night at a Pacific Pines Residents Group meeting where residents asked political candidates what they knew about Mr Stevens and his role in the development.
Gaven independent Alex Douglas, who welcomed the Bulletin’s campaign to provide details about the project, said more information should be provided about the discussions between Mr Stevens, the Integrity Commissioner and the Government.
“If Mr Stevens cannot explain himself, he should withdraw from the Parliament. If he doesn’t, he should be investigated,” Dr Douglas told residents.
“You elect me and I will investigate him.”
Mr Stevens did not return telephone calls yesterday and since announcing the project in late October has declined numerous requests from the Bulletin to provide letters from the Commissioner.
LNP Gaven candidate Sid Cramp told the forum he was not aware that a formal proposal had been presented to the Government on the cableway.
“Nothing is on my desk to say there is a cableway. For me, I haven’t been provided that information,” he said.