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Cyclone funding welcome but not enough

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Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Cyclone funding welcome but not enough

The Local Government Association of Queensland has welcomed the Turnbull Government’s decision to provide $18 million in reconstruction assistance to communities hit by Tropical Cyclone Debbie but has expressed disappointment the funding will only go part of the way to meeting Canberra’s responsibilities under natural disaster relief.

LGAQ chief executive Greg Hallam called on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to match the Palaszczuk Government’s $110 million package for the communities of Mackay, Rockhampton and Whitsunday, saying all three needed infrastructure funding support from Canberra.

'It’s great that the Prime Minister has recognised the need to help rebuild Shute Harbour but projects like the South Rockhampton flood levee, the Bluewater Trail and the Airlie Beach Foreshore need to be in the mix if these communities are to fully recover from Debbie,' he said.

'This decision should be above politics. We are talking about getting regional economies back on their feet.'

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


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