David Pahlke deserves pat on the back

REGARDLESS of whether you actually believe that bungled paperwork is the reason for the delay, you have to applaud the persistence of Cr David Pahlke in campaigning for Ipswich to receive its fair share of post-2013 flood funding (see today's front page).

This is not the first time the QT has covered the story of the missing flood money, which was first promised by former PM Julia Gillard during a visit shortly after the flood - the second major inundation of the city in two years. It is important to note here that, although political influences are at play, political squabbling is not the object of the exercise.

What is important is that this funding is used effectively, on measures that will reduce the impact of future flooding on Ipswich's homes and businesses. It's hard to do anything while the relevant paperwork is fading away on Mathias Cormann's desk - if that's indeed where it is.

Canberra is a long way removed from the mud and muck and tears the floods caused here, so it's easy for a bureaucrat to fob this funding off as a minor thing. To the residents in flood-prone areas like Thagoona and Rosewood - it's a different story.

For a few million bucks, you've got a couple of levees that could protect those places from the kind of flooding they have endured several times in recent years.



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