Claims Prime Minister says Marcia not as bad as Yasi

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has been accused of describing Tropical Cyclone Marcia as less damaging than Yasi or Oswald.

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad told Queensland Parliament the comments were in the prime minister's letter announcing $27.75 million in recovery funding for central Queensland.

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Ms Trad unleashed a tirade against the Federal Government on Tuesday for not agreeing to fund half of a $198.5 million recovery proposal."This request was to be funded fifty-fifty by the state and the Commonwealth for recovery projects for the worst-affected areas of Rockhampton, Livingstone, Banana and North Burnett," she said.

"Tony Abbott's letter said that the overall impact of Tropical Cyclone Marcia is not of an exceptional nature compared to Tropical Cyclone Oswald or Tropical Cyclone Yasi.

"I think the people of Rockhampton and Yeppoon would disagree.

"Severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia was certainly of an exceptional nature to them."

The prime minister's office referred APN to Justice Minister Michael Keenan's office about disaster recovery funding when asked about the letter.

On Monday the region's federal representatives, Capricornia MP Michelle Landry and Flynn MP Ken O'Dowd, said they had lobbied hard for the funding and it significantly benefited central Queensland.

About $20 million will go to rebuilding damaged council assets, $6 million for the clean-up and restoration of national parks, beaches and recreational assets and $1 million to assist councils in the worst-affected areas with green waste clean-up and removal activities.

It will also include $750,000 to support cyclone-affected primary producers and small businesses.

But Ms Trad said the state had requested a $21 million agricultural recovery package, not $750,000.


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