Mayor to con­tinue fund­ing fight

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Louise Shan­non

WHIT­SUN­DAY Mayor An­drew Will­cox has de­scribed him­self as “un­der­whelmed” by the on­go­ing po­lit­i­cal stoush over Cat­e­gory D dis­as­ter fund­ing.

His com­ments came af­ter an ur­gent tele­con­fer­ence be­tween him­self, Mackay Mayor Greg Wil­liamson, Fed­eral Mem­ber for Daw­son Ge­orge Chris­tensen and Jus­tice Min­is­ter Michael Keenan, which was held in a bid to per­suade the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to in­crease its fund­ing pledge to help the area re­build af­ter Cy­clone Deb­bie.

Cr Will­cox said Mr Keenan had re­quested ex­tra in­for­ma­tion from the State Gov­ern­ment be­fore he could move for­ward.

But Deputy Pre­mier Jackie Trad slammed the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment for “mov­ing the goal­posts fur­ther”.

Cr Will­cox said he had clearly stated to Mr Keenan that if he came to the Whit­sun­days he would give him all the in­for­ma­tion he needed.

He said lo­cal, state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments should be work­ing to­gether more ef­fi­ciently to re­store the Whit­sun­days.

PHOTO: TONY MAR­TIN

Whit­sun­day Mayor An­drew Will­cox.

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