Feds Still Waiting for Assessment from QLD Government

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry is accusing the Palaszczuk government of deliberately delaying urgent disaster funding for Central Queensland. "The Premier knows from the last major disaster that they need to send the assessment in so that the federal government can release Category C Funding," Ms Landry said. "Instead, following requests to send the assessment and 2 weeks since the event, she has sent a letter to the Prime Minister asking for Category C. "Why wait 2 weeks to send a letter and why not send the assessment that would allow us to release funding that allows business and primary producers to access grants? "The premier is playing games with people's lives. "I have

Donations to Cyclone Debbie Disaster Relief Funds to be Tax Deductible

The Turnbull Government has announced that donations to Australian disaster relief funds established to provide relief in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Debbie will be tax deductible. The Minister for Revenue and Financial Services, the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP, has declared Tropical Cyclone Debbie and associated rainfall and flooding a disaster for the purposes of establishing Australian disaster relief funds. The Federal Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry MP said the cyclone has had a devastating impact on the Capricornia region. “There have been casualties, loss of property and loss of irreplaceable possessions,” Ms Landry said. “The people of Capricornia have shown great strength and

Landry calls on Palaszczuk Government to move on Category C Disaster Relief

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry has expressed disappointment in the Palaszczuk government for not providing disaster assessments that would allow for Category C grants to primary producers. “The federal government is waiting on the assessments. Farmers on the ground are telling us that they need the Category C grants urgently so they can start rebuilding lives and industry,” Ms Landry said. “Over the weekend I visited Clarke Creek with Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce where thousands of kilometres of fences need repair, where private roads need grading to move cattle and get feed in. “Today I have been to cane country around Sarina where flood waters have devastated crops,

Landry Urges All Parties to Start Working Responsibly on Flood Mitigation

“All levels of government need to work together for responsible flood mitigation in Rockhampton.” That’s the word from Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry on the back of comments from Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. “Local and state governments are calling for support but I don’t think either party has considered the full repercussions. There is still a lot of work to be done and as we have seen in Lismore and New Zealand in the last week, the construction of a levee can create a number of other problems,” Ms Landry said. “Reports that the Coalition government has knocked back funding is categorically untrue. The Coalition government funded $400,000 towards the feasibili

Landry calls for practical solution to communications during natural disasters

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said that she would be calling for a discussion with Ministers on improving communication systems during natural disasters and extreme weather events. “It’s important in the lead up and direct aftermath of these events that every person is able to access some form of communication,” Ms Landry said. “It is unrealistic to suggest that all communication systems can or will work all of the time during these events. We should be aiming to safeguard at least one method of communication for the safety of all – be that fixed landline, internet or mobile service. “There are a number of ways that this can be cost-effectively achieved and this is what I wi

Landry calls on Rockhampton Regional Council to prioritise South Rockhampton Levee

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry has today called on Rockhampton Regional Council to decide whether the flood levy is a priority. Ms Landry said that the federal government has not seen a funding submission for the project and that, until today, the levee seems to have dropped off the priority radar. “While the feasibility study was completed in October 2014 with federal funding, it has not been officially presented and no official funding application has been received from Council,” Ms Landry said. “Council has applied for funding for a number of other projects but the levy has not been one of them. “Support is available for shovel-ready projects if Council can present the bus

Residents urged to stop illegal drone use in flood areas

Emergency authorities in Central Queensland are urging drone enthusiasts to avoid flying their equipment during the flood emergency in Rockhampton. RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Executive Officer Mark Fewtrell says emergency service personnel need the airspace. “Right now, there are significant numbers of helicopters flying in and around Rockhampton,” Mr Fewtrell said. “But their work is being hampered by drone users flying their equipment in the flooded areas around Rockhampton. “We’re asking drone enthusiasts to respect the needs of emergency service workers who require this airspace. “This also applies to property owners along the river. If we are called out to an emergency, we may nee

Rocky Bridge Passes First Big Yest – CQ Remains Open for Business

“Central Queensland remains open for business.” That’s the message from Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry, who delivered the Yeppen South floodplain bridge in 2015. The bridge means that for the first time in Rockhampton’s recent history, the city won’t be isolated by major flooding on the Fitzroy River. “This bridge is already proving to be a game changer for our region,” Ms Landry said. “This flood will clearly have a major impact on our region. But this time, we won’t run out of fuel. We won’t run short of fresh food. Shops are being fully supplied, and travellers can still fly into Rockhampton via Gladstone. “It was only in 2013 that the highway was cut at the Yeppen floodpl

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