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Member for Blaxland

Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment

Shadow Minister for Resources and Northern Australia 

Government Refuses To Answer Questions About Funding For The Rocky Flood Levee

THE HON JASON CLARE MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR RESOURCES AND NORTHERN AUSTRALIA
SHADOW MINISTER FOR TRADE AND INVESTMENT
MEMBER FOR BLAXLAND

 MURRAY WATT
LABOR SENATOR FOR QUEENSLAND

 GOVERNMENT REFUSES TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT FUNDING FOR THE ROCKY FLOOD LEVEE

The Turnbull Government today refused to say when or if it would provide funding to build the South Rockhampton Flood Levee.

Rockhampton has flooded five times in the past decade – in 2008, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017.

This levee would protect 1,500 homes and businesses from floodwaters.

Yet, today in Parliament, the Minister representing the Minister for Northern Australia was asked when the Turnbull Government would provide the funding to build the levee.

The Minister refused to answer.

This is despite the majority of the local community supporting the idea and a promise by Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce to the Rockhampton Regional Council that:

“Your project looks it has a strong case and … I will ensure that it receives strong consideration from the Coalition.” (Barnaby Joyce, letter to the Rockhampton Mayor 3 July 2013).

Only a Shorten Labor Government will provide the $25 million needed to build the levee to protect local homes and businesses.

Michelle Landry should hang her head in shame for refusing to provide much-needed protection for 1,500 homes and businesses in her electorate.

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