Gov­ern­ment urged to keep fol­low­ing up

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

WHIT­SUN­DAY Sail­ing Club man­ager Troy Jones had a mes­sage for the State Gov­ern­ment as Deputy Pre­mier Jackie Trad came to town last week.

“They just need to fol­low up at the back end,” he said.

“When I was in Tully when Cy­clone Yasi hit, the gov­ern­ment was al­ways there im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing us.

“But when things got tight at the back end, 12-18 months later, that is when we still need the gov­ern­ment to be there.”

Fol­low­ing Cy­clone Deb­bie, the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club ben­e­fited from Cat­e­gory B and C fund­ing to as­sist with cash flow and re­pairs to the dinghy wall which was not cov­ered by in­sur­ance.

Mr Jones said the as­sis­tance kept them above water as they be­gan the process of recovery.

“We were closed for a week and-a-half af­ter cy­clone, with loss of trade, but we still have fixed costs to pay ev­ery week so that money helped us,” he said.

“The State Gov­ern­ment was great for us with the recovery process and so was the coun­cil who did a great job mit­i­gat­ing be­fore and fol­low­ing the cy­clone.”

Ms Trad said small busi­ness was the back­bone of the Whit­sun­days across var­i­ous sec­tors.

As­sis­tant Min­is­ter for In­fra­struc­ture and Trans­port Glenn Butcher ac­com­pa­nied the Deputy Pre­mier and said over 200 Cat­e­gory C grants had been ap­proved.

PHOTO: JA­COB WIL­SON

MORE NEEDED: Sail­ing Club man­ager Troy Jones, Deputy Pre­mier Jackie Trad, As­sis­tant In­fra­struc­ture and Trans­port Min­is­ter Glenn Butcher, Whit­sun­day Mayor An­drew Will­cox and Kevin Walsh from Queens­land Fire and Emer­gency.

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