Squabble over Collingwood Park response

EVEN after pouring $20 million into the void, the government has more work to do repairing Collingwood Park's massive ground subsidence problem, the State Opposition claims.

Mine subsidence in the Ipswich suburb forced the government to buy 32 homes, demolish 17 others and pay for the repairs to a further 20 since the incident in 2008.

Mines Minister Andrew Cripps said the government work in the area was a priority, but Opposition counterpart Jo-Ann Miller said it was not enough for those still living in the area.

Ms Miller said actiob to fix the underground cavities caused by the Westfalen and Redbank operations earned "not one zac" in this year's state budget.

"Nowhere has your government committed to filling in the voids of the Redbank Colliery and Westfalen Colliery underneath Collingwood Park," Ms Miller said.

"When are you going to provide the money to actually fill in under Collingwood Park so that residents will not have this fear again?"

Mr Cripps said money was being spent for issues as they arise.

Any other damage done to properties as a result of land caving in would still be covered by the government, he said.



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