NDRRA hitch led to Cook job cuts
COOK Shire’s sacking of 35 workers last year has been attributed by mayor Peter Scott to the lack of cashflow due to slowness in allocation of funds for disaster recovery.
“Council is heavily reliant on National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) funding to repair in- frastructure, and particularly our vital shire road network, after disaster events,” Mr Scott told the
The council has very little in operating cash reserves.
“In most cases after a declared disaster we need to get credit facilities to cover the repairs and then apply to the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) for reimbursement,” Mr Scott said.
“A major concern has been the lack of surety around the eligibility of using council labour and equipment to do the NDRRA work.
“This has been on and off for some years and the lack of forward commitment resulted in council being forced to make staff redundant last year.
“The recent Productivity Commission Review has been looking at better ways of getting the NDRRA money out, and that includes a forward betterment and resilience program, so important areas such as the Bloomfield Track could be improved to a standard that they don’t wash out and needing gravel re-sheeting after each wet season event.”
Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott