When people don’t fit in a box
DON’T get me wrong - I think we’re fortunate to live in a first world country where our government is prepared to pay disaster relief to individuals and businesses affected by a phenomenon like Cyclone Debbie.
But in many ways so they should. And here in the Whitsundays we definitely need both our federal and state governments to help us recover from an event that has swept us off our feet.
Over the last 10 weeks we’ve reported about every politician who has arrived in our communities with an announcement of funding, be it for the man on the street, the small business owner, or even an entire industry such as tourism.
We’ve also told the stories of those who’ve applied successfully and those who have hit stumbling blocks.
It’s the latter category that has featured prominently this week, with more and more people coming forward to express frustration with criteria they haven’t been able to satisfy.
I think the overarching message is that people don’t fit in a box and for those who have been knocked back there is still hope.
If you have a genuine claim that’s hitting road blocks, please contact your Chamber of Commerce, your local councillor, your MP, us, the QRAA direct or all of the above.