DISASTER recovery operations continue in Queensland’s Scenic Rim, four months after Tropical Cyclone Debbie ravaged the state.
More than $2.7 million has already been distributed to the Scenic Rim Regional Council to assist with the mammoth recovery and reconstruction efforts.
Meanwhile, 1,799 residents have shared in more than $312,000 in Immediate Hardship Grants and a further $650,000 has been approved for primary producers under the Special Disaster Assistance Category C.
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Minister for Local Government Mark Furner met with Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen today for a briefing on the infrastructure repairs.
“The Palaszczuk Government has again proven its commitment to Queenslanders in their time of need no matter where they live across this great state,” Mr Furner said.
“The Palaszczuk Government has been there to help the people of Scenic Rim and as of last week, the Queensland Reconstruction Authority had approved six submissions with a recommended value of $5.9 million.”
Mr Furner slammed comments made by Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan last week, who dismissed work being done on the John Muntz Causeway at Oxenford, saying it was “a thousand kilometres from where the cyclone hit”.
“In the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie, I visited several towns in North Queensland that were badly affected by the natural disaster,” Mr Furner said.
“But unlike the LNP, and in particular the Member for Whitsunday, the Palaszczuk Government understands it wasn’t only North Queensland that was impacted, with flooding causing millions of dollars of damage in Logan and the Scenic Rim.
“I applaud the LNP’s Federal Member for Forde for sticking up for his constituents in the face of such ignorance from the Member for Whitsunday, but all we heard from his colleague in Beaudesert, Jon Krause, was silence.
“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to seeing all parts of Queensland not only recover from Debbie, but also rebuild to be more resilient in future disasters.”