Mes­sage to PM

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY -

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

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