Message to PM
SEVERE Tropical Cyclone Debbie had a devastating impact.
For the long-term recovery and reconstruction for affected communities, I proposed to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that his government and mine each provide
$110 million – a total of $220 million – for projects and programs.
We developed this proposal – for Category D Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements – with local councils.
After having the proposal for two months, Mr Turnbull replied his government would only provide $29.3 million and other projects – in Whitsunday, Mackay and Rockhampton – because they “fall outside of the scope of the NDRRA or because there
has not been enough evidence provided to establish the need for the measure”.
I met with the mayors of the three councils and the Local Government Association of Queensland and reaffirmed my government would honour its commitment of $110 million for
recovery and reconstruction projects.
I join the mayors to urge Mr Turnbull and his ministers to visit the region and see the need for additional funding for themselves.
— Annastacia Palaszczuk
Premier of Queensland