Govt funds reply a slap in the face for regional areas

EDITORIAL: It is understandable - though not acceptable - that a State Government led by a former Brisbane mayor might not consider the needs of the regions as important as the needs of the big south-east Queensland population centres.

But for a government body to answer a $700,000 regional need with a $427.56 cheque is simply insulting.

Apart from capital works needed after this year's floods, Wide Bay Hospital and Health Services were hit with extra business costs during the emergency that amounted to hundreds of thousands of dollars; hence their claim to the Queensland Government Insurance Fund for $700,000.

The QGIF response? Here's $427.56. Don't spend it all at once.

It seems Wide Bay Hospital and Health Services now has the choice of continuing to pursue the claim with the state body, or asking the Federal Government to honour a promise made by Julia Gillard as PM that when a town was declared a disaster zone all expenses should be charged to Canberra. Neither seems likely to succeed.

Perhaps our local state members Anne Maddern and Ted Sorensen could take up the fight over the state funds, or our local Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss - with his regional development hat on - could look at the second solution?



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