Ministers express support for locals
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.”