Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s decision to increase reconstruction assistance following severe Tropical Cyclone (TC) Debbie by only $18 million remains less than half of what is needed, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
“My Government had committed $110 million for long-term reconstruction and recovery projects following the devastation of Debbie. Instead of matching our contribution, the Prime Minister offered only $29.3 million in July, and following outrage from affected communities and councils, he is now offering another $18.8 million,” she said.
“Total Federal Government funding for Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements Category D is $48.1 million – that’s less than half we asked for and what’s needed.”
The Premier said she had committed the Government to provide its full $110 million for reconstruction projects, despite the cruel response from Canberra.
“Once again, I urge the Prime Minister to visit the affected region. I urge him to match by Government’s commitment on NDRRA Category D funding,” she said.
The Premier said key projects the Turnbull Government refuse to fund includes the South Rockhampton flood levee and all new infrastructure requirements for Bluewater Trail/Queens Park and Airlie Beach Foreshore.
Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for the Queensland Reconstruction Authority
“These communities have been hurting for months and Malcolm Turnbull has walked away from them,” Ms Trad said.
“Nothing for Rockhampton and a pittance for Mackay. It’s one rule for regional Queensland and another for SEQ during natural disasters on Turnbull’s watch.
“The local council projects are designed to improve resilience to natural disasters funding was rejected by an LNP government in Canberra that just doesn’t get regional Queensland.”