‘ Dud­ded’ on Deb­bie funds

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

A NORTH Queens­land LNP MP says the re­gion has been “dud­ded” by a short­fall in disas­ter re­cov­ery fund­ing af­ter Cy­clone Deb­bie.

Whit­sun­day MP Ja­son Costi­gan wrote to Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull de­mand­ing more money be al­lo­cated.

“I gen­uinely be­lieve the Whit­sun­days has been dud­ded in re­la­tion to Cat­e­gory D as­sis­tance,” Mr Costi­gan said.

Cat­e­gory D disas­ter re­cov­ery fund­ing re­lates to ex­cep­tional cir­cum­stances where fund­ing gaps have been iden­ti­fied. The State Gov­ern­ment has com­mit­ted $ 110 mil­lion but the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has only com­mit­ted $ 29 mil­lion.

Fed­eral LNP MP for Dawson Ge­orge Chris­tensen has also crit­i­cised the al­lo­ca­tion.

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