Pos­i­tive re­sponse?

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY -

MY GOV­ERN­MENT has pro­posed to the Turn­bull Gov­ern­ment that we jointly fund a $220 mil­lion pack­age to pro­vide ad­di­tional as­sis­tance for com­mu­ni­ties, busi­nesses, in­dus­tries and the en­vi­ron­ment fol­low­ing the dev­as­ta­tion of Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Deb­bie and se­vere flood­ing.

The pro­posed pack­age, to be un­der a Com­mon­wealth and State-funded Nat­u­ral Dis­as­ter Re­lief and Re­cov­ery Ar­range­ments Cat­e­gory D dec­la­ra­tion, would in­clude key lo­cal gov­ern­ment in­fra­struc­ture projects.

We pro­pose the South Rock­hamp­ton Flood Levee, Air­lie Beach Fore­shore and the Shute Har­bour Ma­rina re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion projects and Blue­wa­ter Trail and Queens Park re­de­vel­op­ments be funded through a $135 mil­lion lo­cal coun­cil in­fra­struc­ture fund.

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.

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

Fol­low­ing Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Mar­cia in 2015, the Premier and then Prime Min­is­ter Tony Ab­bott agreed to share the costs of a $27.75 mil­lion Cat­e­gory D pack­age.

We look for­ward to a pos­i­tive re­sponse from the Turn­bull Gov­ern­ment to this Cat­e­gory D ap­pli­ca­tion.

— An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk

Premier of Queens­land Time to be hon­est?

READ­ING the Whit­sun­day Times dated May 25, I had to shake my head in dis­be­lief about a let­ter about be­ing hon­est.

It ran the mines and the gov­ern­ment down, but for once it left the farmer alone.

But I am dis­ap­pointed it left out one of the big­gest cul­prits.

Yes, me, you and the good

old tourist.

We all like the reef and if we were se­ri­ous about pro­tect­ing it, why not start with the tourist. Yes why don’t we stop planes, trains, buses, taxis, boats, any­thing to do with tourism on the reef. See what emis­sion and pol­lu­tion we stop then.

Yes have a rally, stand up and be counted, tell our kids what we re­ally did and not half did, and be proud we didn’t point our fin­ger and blame some­one else. But un­for­tu­nately most of us like our com­fort zone, our elec­tric­ity, cars, life­style, I know I do.

It’s a pity that a few tourist op­er­a­tors like the dol­lar bet­ter than the reef, and it’s so easy

to blame some­one else.

— Kevin Falken­hagen Proser­pine Not on my watch

IN THE movie A Few Good Men, the Jack Ni­chol­son char­ac­ter de­clares that his men were ‘in dan­ger’, to which Tom Cruise asked ‘Grave dan­ger? Jack replied, ‘Is there any other kind’.

The Great Bar­rier Reef is in grave dan­ger. Af­ter two years of co­ral bleach­ing, the Great Bar­rier Reef Ma­rine Park Author­ity has con­firmed that 30% of the reef died in 2016, and mod­el­ling for this year in­di­cates that a fur­ther 19% has died or will die.

So we have lost nearly half of the Great Bar­rier Reef in just

two years be­cause of global warm­ing. It is like be­ing in a car crash in which those in charge should be try­ing to as­sist the vic­tim, but in this in­stance, they are just wav­ing more traf­fic through.

Both the Queens­land and Fed­eral Gov­ern­ments are giv­ing lip ser­vice to saving the reef, but in re­al­ity they are pro­mot­ing cli­mate change by of­fer­ing free wa­ter, free coal, free money (all be­long­ing to the Aus­tralian peo­ple) for new high emis­sions mines such as the Adani coal mine.

They are wav­ing the traf­fic through while our Great Bar­rier Reef dies.

We must act now to save what is left of the reef. The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment can stop

this right now. Josh Fry­den­berg can with­draw ap­proval for the mine. Anas­ta­sia Palaszczuk can say right now that there will be no ‘roy­al­ties hol­i­day’ for Adani.

If asked by our chil­dren ‘will all of the reef die?’ we should be able to say ‘Not on My Watch’. — Chris­tine Carlisle En­vi­ron­ment Coun­cil of Cen­tral Queens­land

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