Minister ‘probed’ for the funding answers
ALL three levels of government need to work together to secure the best outcome for the Whitsundays.
This is the message Whitsunday Mayor Andrew Willcox stressed after his Canberra trip last week.
Mayor Willcox said the purpose of the trip was ensuring Federal Minister for Justice Michael Keenan knew what was required.
“We did probe him for some answers but he said he hadn’t had enough time to review the documentation yet,” he said.
“I’m not sure if we will get everything we asked for, but Cyclone Debbie crossed through the Whitsunday region, so we should have the priority as we are the largest impacted region.”
Mayor Willcox said Category D funding for Shute Harbour was one of the highest priorities.
Dawson MP George Christensen said while the Whitsundays needed the “lion’s share” of Category D and NDRAA funding, some State Government applications fell short of “eligibility requirements”.
TRIP: Whitsunday mayor Andrew Willcox went to Canberra last week to argue the case for the Whitsundays.