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State Government shows way on NDRRA funds

News Release

Friday, 21 October 2016

State Government shows way on NDRRA funds

Queensland councils will ramp up pressure on the Commonwealth to follow the Palaszczuk Government’s lead and reimburse unpaid plant and equipment costs for disaster recovery works.
 
Speaking the LGAQ Annual Conference this week, Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad announced the State would pay its 25 per cent share of the National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) funding that is owed to councils in plant and equipment costs.
 
LGAQ Acting President Jenny Hill praised the State’s decision, saying the reimbursement was worth about $2.5 million to more than 30 councils that performed reconstruction works in 2014.
 
“This money will be warmly welcomed by local governments that have not only suffered through natural disasters but have also been left out-of-pocket by the Federal Government, which made retrospective changes to NDRRA to penalise councils using their own plant and equipment to rebuild their communities,” she said.
 
Cr Hill said the LGAQ would continue to lobby the Commonwealth to pay the remaining 75 per cent of the owed NDRRA funds and for the permanent use and reimbursement of council day labour and council-owned plant and equipment through the continuing natural disaster funding reform negotiations.

Local Government Association of Queensland
LG House, 25 Evelyn Street, Newstead Qld 4006


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