Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Cash Is Needed; Senator to Urge Quick Delivery of Flood Relief Funds

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Cash Is Needed; Senator to Urge Quick Delivery of Flood Relief Funds

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Byline: Mike Derry

BUNDABERG needs funds urgently to help it recover from the Christmas floods, Opposition disaster recovery spokesman Senator Gary Humphries says.

Sen Humphries visited the city yesterday for a briefing from Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch and Bundaberg Regional Council officials on the aftermath of the floods.

After the briefing he said he would push the government to speed up its delivery of recovery funds to the city.

C[pounds sterling]The council needs certainty so it can repair its roads and infrastructure with the confidence it will be reimbursed by State and Federal governments,C[yen] he said.

Sen Humphries said he would also talk to the government about increasing the $250,000 loans for businesses damaged by floods to match the $650,000 available to industry and agricultural victims of Cyclone Yasi.

He said another issue that needed to be looked at was water level monitoring during the flood.

C[pounds sterling]You still had people here manually observing the water levels and estimating the expected water rise,C[yen] he said. …

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