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Disaster recovery funds must continue: councillor

FRASER Coast Councillor Rolf Light has spoken passionately at the Local Government Association of Queensland conference about the need for the Federal Government to continue natural disaster recovery.

More than 200 delegates at the Mackay forum voted overwhelmingly to reject proposals to cut the share of federal funding for disaster recovery from 75% of the total costs to 50%.

Cr Light said that on many occasions in the past few years, the Fraser Coast council had drawn on the funds to rebuild its community.

"We can't just walk away from roads and bridges when they need repairing after cyclones and floods, but we won't be able to afford to fix them on our own," he said.

"Excuse the pun, but it would be a real disaster if this funding was cut.

"I would be extremely fearful for what our community would face in light of this happening."

Cr Light said it was not just about rebuilding roads, but rebuilding the community spirit.

"It would take years and years for us to recover from a natural disaster on our own."

The future of disaster recovery funding has dominated proceedings at the LGAQ conference, with many councils expressing fear over the impact of their communities about moves to reform the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements program.

- APN Newsdesk

Topics:  councillor, fraser coast regional council, lgaq conference, local government association of queensland, rolf light




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