Call a halt to flood funding blame game
IF NOTHING else, our efforts to find out exactly what has happened to the millions of dollars in flood mitigation funding promised to Ipswich has highlighted a deficiency in the communication between the three levels of government.
Here we are, with maybe two months until the storm season gets underway, still witnessing a pathetic squabble over paperwork when an actual decision was made long ago to provide some funding to Ipswich to help reduce the impact of flooding.
You could reasonably expect that 18 months would be more than long enough to not only get the funding sorted out, but to start getting a bit of that flood mitigation work underway.
That won't happen while you've got a situation where the state and federal levels of government, despite being on the same side of the political spectrum, can't seem to agree on who was to blame for this bureaucratic bungling.
It's a matter of fact that our primary concern is not exactly who is at fault for delaying this process (although we would like to know), but that someone actually steps in now and gives this thing a kick along.
The funding and the flood mitigation work it will pay for should have been a priority for the government - the same way it would be for anyone who lives in a flood-prone area.
With recent coverage of this issue, hopefully the powers that be will see the light.