When peo­ple don’t fit in a box

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY - SHARON SMALL­WOOD Edi­tor

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.

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