Min­is­ters ex­press sup­port for lo­cals

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

PO­LIT­I­CAL point scor­ing was put to one side as Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment min­is­ters vis­ited Air­lie Beach on Mon­day af­ter­noon.

Fed­eral De­fence Min­is­ter Marise Payne (pic­tured) and Justice Min­is­ter Michael Keenan came to the re­gion on Mon­day to ac­knowl­edge the work of Aus­tralian De­fence Force per­son­nel in the re­gion and to re-as­sure res­i­dents that hap­pier days were ahead.

“The most im­por­tant thing to say is that Queens­land is open for busi­ness and that is some­thing I would like to re­in­force,” Ms Payne said.

“We have helped in a num­ber of ways with beach ar­eas where there may have been dam­age and ero­sion, we moved med­i­cal per­son­nel to where they are needed and we made sure wa­ter is potable and fit to drink.

“We pro­vided a broad range of sup­port and en­gage­ment and I’m sure there will be more re­quests and we will meet them.”

The min­is­ters were joined by Queens­land Se­na­tor Ian McDonald, Daw­son MP Ge­orge Chris­tensen and Whit­sun­day MP Ja­son Costi­gan and were able to over­see a bird’s eye view of the sheer dam­age caused by Cy­clone Deb­bie on-board a Black Hawk chop­per.

“What it gives me is a very real view, bet­ter than what you can read in any re­port,” Ms Payne said.

“It makes a real dif­fer­ence to see what we are ask­ing of the ADF and what the com­mu­nity is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing, that is why we make sure we know what is go­ing on as best as pos­si­ble.”

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