Feds’ cash ’ falls short’ for Deb­bie

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

THE Turn­bull Gov­ern­ment has been ac­cused of short­chang­ing Queens­lan­ders re­cov­er­ing from Cy­clone Deb­bie af­ter it agreed to con­trib­ute just $ 29 mil­lion to­wards a $ 220 mil­lion re­build­ing pack­age.

Deputy Pre­mier Jackie Trad said the state had al­ready al­lo­cated $ 110 mil­lion, but would now need to de­ter­mine if it could find ex­tra funds for re­cov­ery projects, in­clud­ing a flood levee in Rock­hamp­ton.

“Malcolm Turn­bull and the fed­eral LNP have left Queens­land’s dis­as­ter- af­fected com­mu­ni­ties hung out to dry by giv­ing th­ese com­mu­ni­ties a pal­try $ 29 mil­lion for Cat­e­gory D re­con­struc­tion,” she said.

One of Mr Turn­bull’s own MPs, Ge­orge Chris­tensen, said he, too, was dis­ap­pointed by the sum al­lo­cated to his elec­torate. The Daw­son MP said he would take a del­e­ga­tion of may­ors to Can­berra to lobby for more.

Fed­eral Jus­tice Min­is­ter Michael Keenan ac­cused the state of sub­mit­ting an ap­pli­ca­tion in­clud­ing in­el­i­gi­ble projects.

He said the Com­mon­wealth pro­vided $ 125 mil­lion in Nat­u­ral Dis­as­ter Re­lief and Re­cov­ery Ar­range­ments fund­ing this fi­nan­cial year “which doesn’t in­clude any of the costs ex­pected to be paid by the Com­mon­wealth for Cy­clone Deb­bie”.

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