Disaster funds delay could leave shire up creek
THE Douglas Shire Council faces uncertainty surrounding future funding to help the community recover from natural disasters after revelations in the Federal Budget that the payment of $1 billion of recovery funds to Queensland could be delayed by up to two years.
Mayor Julia Leu says the decision could have a tremendous impact on the shire.
If council are unable to gain reimbursement for the cost of reconstruction works the community could run the risk of no reconstruction after a cyclone or flood.
Mayor Leu is dismayed by the “outrageous” decision that she claims “ignores the number one request from the local government sector not to reduce Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) funding”.
“NDRRA funding is critical for the local government to ensure that our communities recover from natural disasters as quickly as possible and get back to normal business,”she said.