Prime Minister must visit Debbie devastation area
Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie had a devastating impact on communities across large parts of Queensland.
For the long-term recovery and reconstruction for those affected communities, I proposed to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that his Government and mine each provide $110 million - a total of $220 million - for projects and programs.
We developed this proposal - for Category D Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements - with local councils.
After having the proposal for two months, Mr Turnbull has now replied that his Government would provide only $29.3 million and that other projects - in Whitsunday, Mackay and Rockhampton local government areas - "fall outside of the scope of the NDRRA or because there has not been enough evidence provided to establish the need for the measure."
I met with the Mayors of the three councils and the Local Government Association of Queensland this week.
I reaffirmed with the Mayors that my Government would honour its commitment of $110 million for recovery and reconstruction projects.
My Government recognised the devastating impact of this natural disaster and we will ensure those Queenslanders are supported through recovery and reconstruction.
I join the Mayors to urge Mr Turnbull and his Ministers to visit the region and see the need for additional funding for themselves.
Premier of Queensland