Government urged to keep following up
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.
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.