All councils equal in flood

THE Federal and State governments say all councils will be given equal consideration for extra natural disaster funding.

Acting Prime Minister Wayne Swan said Brisbane City Council, led by vocal Lord Mayor Campbell Newman, had submitted a list for more than $400 million in funding but the government was working with councils across Queensland and Australia following the country’s devastating summer.

Mr Swan said the Federal Government would fund its commitments under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements, but not all damage would be covered under this.

“Where there is great need, not just in Brisbane, but right across the state and other parts of the country, we have a responsibility to do this in a responsible and methodical way,” he said.

Decisions, he said, would take “a relatively short period of time”.

“Let’s just sit down and sensibly sort it out,” he said.

Premier Anna Bligh, who was at Mr Swan’s media conference, said natural disasters had affected more than 50 Queensland councils.

“And every one of those are asking for consideration for assistance in restoring some infrastructure that doesn’t qualify under existing guidelines,” she said. She said the issue required co-operation and patience, not a “slanging match”.

“I give this commitment to the other mayors of Queensland, that they will get equal opportunities to talk through these issues as other mayors in the south-east who are making a lot of noise right now,” she said.



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