Feds’ cash ’ falls short’ for Debbie
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”.