Premier calls for fund­ing on lo­cal project

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Dane Lillingstone dane.lillingstone@ whit­sun­day­times.com.au

PREMIER An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk is call­ing on the Fed­eral Govern­ment to help jointly fund a

$220 mil­lion pack­age that could go to­wards fix­ing up the Air­lie Beach fore­shore and Shute Har­bour ma­rina.

While no money has been an­nounced yet, Whit­sun­day Mayor An­drew Will­cox said he would fight for the funds.

“They are two good projects but we also want some as­sis­tance with all the en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age we’ve had to our reefs, is­lands, rivers and fore­shores,” he said.

“We def­i­nitely need to make sure that, as promised from the State and Fed­eral gov­ern­ments, they hon­our the re­im­burse­ment for our green waste also.

“When the Premier and Prime Min­is­ter came to the re­gion fol­low­ing the cy­clone, they gave me the un­der­stand­ing they would help. I’m go­ing to cash in on those prom­ises.”

Mr Will­cox said they needed to make sure the re­gion was brought back to where it was pre-cy­clone.

He sug­gested they could even cre­ate an iconic project un­der bet­ter­ment fund­ing that could help re­vi­talise the re­gion.

Ms Palaszczuk said the pro­posed pack­age – pro­vided un­der Com­mon­wealth and State-funded Nat­u­ral Dis­as­ter Re­lief and Re­cov­ery Ar­range­ments Cat­e­gory D fund­ing – would in­clude Air­lie Beach fore­shore and the Shute Har­bour ma­rina re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion projects.

“This pack­age will build on the good work and gen­eros­ity of so many Queenslanders dur­ing the im­me­di­ate re­sponse and re­cov­ery from Deb­bie and its se­vere flood­ing.

“It will help Queens­land com­mu­ni­ties bounce back sooner and stronger,” she said.

Ad­di­tional fund­ing is for an in­fras­truc­ture bet­ter­ment pack­age ($60 mil­lion), en­vi­ron­men­tal pack­age ($15 mil­lion) and eco­nomic pack­age ($10 mil­lion).

PHOTO: JA­COB WIL­SON

PROM­ISES: Mayor An­drew Will­cox and Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk in Air­lie af­ter the cy­clone.

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