Play­ing politics af­fects our lives

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY - SHARON SMALL­WOOD Ed­i­tor

LAST Fri­day we were busily gath­er­ing in­for­ma­tion on the sta­tus quo of the Whit­sun­days’ ap­pli­ca­tion for Cat­e­gory D fund­ing when the first po­lit­i­cal bomb­shell of the saga dropped.

“Ev­ery­one seems to think an an­nounce­ment is im­mi­nent,” our jour­nal­ist Louise Shan­non said. “Yeah, right,” I thought. At 5pm on a Fri­day? Not likely.

When gov­ern­ments give away fund­ing they like ev­ery­one to know.

At 5pm on a Fri­day af­ter­noon a large pro­por­tion of the pop­u­la­tion would be headed to the pub.

But lo and be­hold, we hear the dis­as­ter fund­ing has been ap­proved – a pal­try $58.6 mil­lion com­pared to the $220 mil­lion pack­age re­quested.

And so be­gan the po­lit­i­cal joust be­tween the State La­bor Govern­ment and Fed­eral Lib­eral Na­tional Coali­tion.

The Feds have aban­doned us the State says.

The State is try­ing to ‘rort’ the sys­tem by ap­ply­ing for projects that don’t meet the cri­te­ria the Feds say.

Mean­while there are real peo­ple on the ground here in the Whit­sun­days re­ly­ing on govern­ment help to get this com­mu­nity back on its feet.

Stop play­ing politics we say.

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