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
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