News

Federal and state bureaucratic blame game hurts Ipswich

THE DAMAGE DONE: Ipswich is still waiting for federal funding to address 2013 flood damage.
THE DAMAGE DONE: Ipswich is still waiting for federal funding to address 2013 flood damage. Rob Williams

THE $10 million in flood mitigation funding promised to Ipswich City Council over 18 months ago has become a pawn in a political blame game and Cr David Pahlke has had enough.

The money was promised by former Prime Minister Julia Gillard in February last year to fund nine flood mitigation projects in the Ipswich region after the city and its environs were again decimated by a natural disaster.

The QT reported yesterday how Ipswich West MP Sean Choat had investigated the hold-up and discovered that a bureaucratic stuff-up in Canberra was to blame in the delay.

Mr Choat said that Local Government Minister David Crisafulli had signed off on the paperwork two months ago. The delay was with bureaucrats in Finance Minister Mathias Cormann's office and the hold-up was "with Canberra's end".

Mr Cormann's office said yesterday the paperwork only landed on the minister's desk yesterday and the delay was not at their end.

Meanwhile, Mr Crisafulli's office confirmed yesterday that the minister had signed off on the funding and they were not to blame for any delay.

The funding is to be released by the Federal Government to the State Government for disbursement to the Ipswich City Council.

This story has become a political ping pong of epic proportions.

But Cr Pahlke is ropable that Ipswich is about to enter another flood season while the vital funding, promised more than 18 months ago, has still not been provided.

Cr Pahlke was scathing of the lack of urgency shown by both state and federal governments and what he called "the blame game" that has infected the political process.

He has called on the finance minister to pay the money direct to council and "cut out the middle man".

"Someone is telling pork pies," Cr Pahlke said.

"I am not blaming Sean Choat, but this current State Government under Campbell Newman leaves a lot to be desired.

"Where is our money Mr Newman? Where is our money Mr Crisafulli?

"If the paperwork was really only sent through yesterday, what have you been doing all these months?

"I asked a girl in (Mr Cormann's office) how long it was going to be before the paperwork was sent back and she said some time this week.

"I said 'send it to Ipswich City Council direct'.

"Stuff the state. Leave them out of it."

Cr Pahlke said it was "no wonder people are turning to the Palmer Party".

"This is just a typical blame game and I am sick of it.

"And the average resident is sick of it too … and they are sick of politics in this country.

"If it is true that Canberra only received the paperwork yesterday, then the minister's office in George St needs to come clean.

"I think someone has been telling Sean Choat some pork pies too."

Mr Crisafulli pointed the finger at the former Federal Government and the bureaucracy who he said "let the people of Ipswich down".

"We are working with Minister Cormann to make this project a reality," he said.

Topics:  david pahlke flood mitigation sean choat



Springfield group warned over button battery balloon release

The State Government will not prosecute ICON Community Inc over the New Year's Eve balloon release.

Department of Environment and Heritage Protection issues warning

Call for jail time for stinking enviro-vandals

NO MERCY: Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale is determined to rid Ipswich of its pong problem and come down hard on environmental vandals.

Tully says it's time for prison for culprits, Mayor lashes out

Empowering parents and teens online

Rebecca Sparrow is coming to Springfield as part of the Before You Hit Send: An online SOS for parents + teens event next month at Orion Springfield Central.

Social media event to teach online activity and safety

Local Partners

I was just screaming 'my baby is in the car'

Anne-Marie Priggins could have never predicted the gut-wrenching circumstances that would unfold.


Your gig guide to a great night out in Ipswich

THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT: Don't miss out on the offerings from the top spots in town.

The latest on the live music scene across the city

Paddinton Bear is coming to Ipswich

IN TOWN: Annette Kitching plays the part of Paddington Bear in The Cute Little Bear From Peru at the Incinerator Theatre.

FAVOURITE children's character set to delight in new show

What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

Shannon Noll: What I don't like about The Voice

Australian Idol veteran talks reality TV during 35-date Aussie tour

Model Bella Hadid's see-through dress shocks in Cannes

US model Bella Hadid attends the Cinema Against AIDS amfAR gala 2017 held at the Hotel du Cap, Eden Roc in Cap d'Antibes, France, 25 May 2017.

It’s like she’s become addicted to shock value.

No room for morbid fans

Chris Cornell.

Fans want to stay in the hotel room where Chris Cornell died

Star Wars' 1977 Stormtrooper head banger confesses

A Stormtrooper is responsible for the biggest blunder in a Star Wars movie. Picture: Supplied

Man in most famous blooper in Star Wars history breaks silence

MASTERCHEF: David Thompson Thai test for Ipswich cook Nicole

Willowbank's Nicole Stevenson is a contestant on MasterChef Australia. Supplied by Channel 10.

"I love how he's being so true to the cuisine"

Lyn's knock-out show gets her to next round on The Voice

ONWARDS AND UPWARDS: Lyn Bowtell is through to the battle rounds on The Voice.

'It was bitter sweet to win like that'

Report reveals progress on $319m airport upgrade

Aerials of the Sunshine Coast.Jetstar plane in front of the Susnhine Coast terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Over two dozen government approvals needed for airport expansion

Lost dough leaves sour taste after company collapse

Kathleen and John Mahoney from Sugar and Spice Bakery were stung after the collapse of Cantro Pty Ltd and are still owed money.

Supermarket operator collapse leaves sour taste for bakery

'Ridiculous': Council refuses renovation at heritage home

NOT FAIR: Karen Solomon of Newtown is angry with Ipswich City Council for refusing her plans to build a colonial style double car port at her Newtown home.

Council rejected development application

Council refusal of 'high density' development ends in court

Ipswich City Council first meeting with the new 2016 council.

Developer took the matter to the Queensland Planning Court

Open for inspection homes May 25-31

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!