North West Councils to Push Government for Post-flood Commitment
Mayor Joyce McCulloch has joined a delegation representing several flood-affected North West Queensland Councils this week in Canberra to lobby for short- and long-term support for flood-hit parts of the region and State.
Cr McCulloch, along with Burke Shire Mayor Ernie Camp and North West Queensland Regional Organisation of Council Executive Officer Greg Hoffman, will speak with senior Federal Ministers, such as Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, Shadow Ministers including Joel Fitzgibbon, Jason Clare and Stephen Jones, and Member for Kennedy Bob Katter on Tuesday and Wednesday.
They will be joined by members of the North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils and Townsville Enterprise Limited to push for the Federal Government’s commitment to supporting the region’s recovery from the recent devastating North Queensland floods, as well as to future long-term development.
Cr McCulloch says Mount Isa City Council will be doing whatever it can to help neighbouring councils in the post-flood period.
“The floods earlier this month devastated such a large swathe of the North West and Gulf, and those councils are dealing with the huge impacts that come with that, including unimaginable stock losses,” Cr McCulloch said.
“I’ll be representing those mayors who are unable to make it to Canberra this week for the meetings.
“Several mayors are from areas that are still inundated or whose roads are severely damaged or washed away.
“We will also be joined by Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill, so we’ll certainly be able to strongly push for the best possible outcomes for the North West and North Queensland.
“We will be seeking immediate and subsequent support for flood-affected parts of the region, and for a long-term regional plan for North West Queensland.
“Since regional deals require all three levels of government – Federal, State and Local – we will make it clear to both Government Ministers and Opposition MPs that we will work closely with the Federal Government throughout the whole process.
“The North West needs to get its fair share of the funding that will come to our region in both the short term and long term.”