Min­is­ter ‘probed’ for the fund­ing an­swers

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

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.

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