Coun­cils told to clean up act

Townsville Bulletin - - News - Alexis Gill­ham Slater ex­plains disas­ter fund­ing: Let­ters, Page 20 townsville­bul­letin. com. au

Q U E E N S L A N D ’ S r e c o n - s t r uc­tion chief has t ol d disas­ter-hit coun­cils to get on with the clean-up and stop mak­ing un­rea­son­able de­mands for help.

Ma­jor-Gen­eral Mick Slater made the com­ments amid on­go­ing de­bate about the role the army should play in the re­cov­ery ef­fort af­ter the floods and Cy­clone Yasi.

Some coun­cils, in­clud­ing the Som­er­set Re­gional Coun­cil, have said they’re strug­gling with the enor­mity of the job.

Som­er­set Mayor Graeme Lehmann said ini­tial army as­sis­tance had been with­drawn and when the coun­cil made an­other re­quest for help, he was told it could only be of­fered on a con­tract ba­sis. Som­er­set tax­pay­ers would have to foot the bill.

But Maj Gen Slater said it was time for coun­cils to tackle the clean-up head on with state and fed­eral gov­ern­ment funds re­ceived.

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