Dis­as­ter funds de­lay could leave shire up creek

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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