PM throws in another $18.8M in Cat D funding

THE Federal Government will stump up a further $18.8 million in Category D disaster relief after reviewing its original commitment of $29 million. 

In a letter from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk sent late on Monday afternoon, mr Turnbull agreed to spend more money. 

He committed to $15 million for Shute Harbour, half funded by the State. 

This will be used to replace and rebuild the existing jetty, rebuild the terminal building and repair existing seawall. 

A further $1.8 million would be used to improve the seawall to make it more resilient than the previous wall, also half funded by the State. 

Half a million will be spent to repair the Bluewater Trail and $20 million to increase the size of the original $15 million environmental package, for projects such as the restoration of Lambert's Beach foreshore. 

"The remaining projects are not suitable for Commonwealth funding under the NDRRA," Mr Turnbull wrote the Premier. 

"There initiatives either fall outside of the scope of the fund or have had insufficient evidence provided to change their initial assessment.

"This includes the request for $25 million to fund improvements to the runway at Whitsunday airport, new infrastructure elements at Bluewater Trail/ Queens Park and Airlie Beach Foreshore."


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