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Julieanne Gilbert: A Disastrous Betrayal of Mackay's Trust

In the quiet landscapes of Mackay, a betrayal is unfolding. Julieanne Gilbert, the elected Labor representative of the region, has revealed a disturbing pattern of allegiance not to the people she represents but to the opaque agenda of the Queensland Labor Party. The Pioneer-Burdekin Pumped Hydro Project, touted as a boon, stands as a stark illustration of her disregard for community welfare and environmental preservation.


Julieanne Gilbert
How can a leader claim to represent the people when they refuse to engage with the people's concerns?

Labor Puppetry: The Silence Before the Storm

The revelation of the Pioneer-Burdekin Pumped Hydro Project through a media release in September 2022 without any preceding community consultation is not just a procedural misstep; it's an outright betrayal of trust. A true representative would have insisted on transparency, ensuring that landholders and communities affected were informed well in advance. The lack of warning paints a picture of a puppet controlled by party strings rather than a champion for the people.


Julieanne Gilbert standing beside Queensland Hydro pull-up banners
Julieanne Gilbert's support of the Pioneer-Burdekin Pumped Hydro Project is a disgrace to the Mackay community

Selling Out to the Labor Line: Ignoring the Cry of the People

Julieanne's Facebook posts about the Pioneer-Burdekin Pumped Hydro Project read like a broken record of Labor rhetoric. What's more concerning is the overwhelming opposition expressed in the comments, met with resounding silence from Julieanne. The comments, such as "Should be ashamed of yourselves!" and "How can you be proud of what you're doing?" demonstrate a clear disconnection between the representative and the represented. Does she truly listen to the people she claims to represent, or is she simply towing the party line, disregarding the genuine concerns of her community?


A Disgrace to Mackay: Community Outcry Falling on Deaf Ears

The Pioneer-Burdekin Pumped Hydro Project is a divisive undertaking, vehemently rejected by the very community it is meant to benefit. Comments on Julieanne's posts range from expressions of disappointment to outright condemnation. Phrases like "Julianne Gilbert will be voted out come election time" and "Total disgrace this is going ahead" reveal the depth of community dissatisfaction. In persistently supporting a project that her constituents so clearly oppose, Julieanne risks becoming not a representative but a source of disillusionment for Mackay.


Delusional and Out of Touch: Ignoring the Masses

The substantial number of comments—over 450—on one of Julieanne's posts, mostly opposing the Pioneer-Burdekin Pumped Hydro project, paints a vivid picture of a representative who either lives in delusion or deliberately chooses to be out of touch. The concerns expressed, ranging from environmental impact to the destruction of natural habitats, demand attention. Julieanne's failure to address or even acknowledge this collective opposition highlights a concerning lack of accountability. How can a leader claim to represent the people when they refuse to engage with the people's concerns?


A Call for True Representation

Mackay deserves a representative who embodies the principles of democracy, listens to the people, and acts in their best interests. The Pioneer-Burdekin Pumped Hydro Project has become a symbol of a representative's detachment from the community's needs. It's time for Mackay to reassess its leadership and demand a representative who will genuinely prioritise the welfare and wishes of the community. The people deserve better than a puppet; they deserve a true advocate for their concerns and aspirations.

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