Post Marcia recovery funds fight not over for our councils

LIVINGSTONE Shire Mayor Bill Ludwig and Deputy Mayor Graham Scott flew to Brisbane on Monday to continue fighting for Category D funding.

Cr Ludwig said the meeting with senior State Government officials helped advance Livingstone Shire's submission to the next level.

"The submission is an ambitious vision document and the centre-piece of the shire's post Cyclone Marcia Livingstone Economic Recovery Plan," Cr Ludwig said.

"The two projects outlined in the submission council has put forward are the Yeppoon Foreshore and Tourist and Business Precinct Master Plan and Stage 2 of the Emu Park Village Centre Revitalisation.

"Both projects will be economic development generators, creating immediate construction jobs, follow-on tourism and hospitality sector employment, as well as attracting private sector investment."

Cr Ludwig said State Government support was needed to advance the proposal to the Federal Government.

Cr Scott said submissions included replacement and strengthening of significantly damaged seawalls and getting all remaining above-ground power services connected underground.

"Another major element will be the relocation of the council's Anzac Pde administration centre to the Cordingley St depot site, moving it away from the storm-tide zone," Cr Scott said.

"Moving the council chambers will also make way for a proposed horizon swimming lagoon similar to the one which the State Government funded at Airlie Beach."

Meanwhile, Category D funding was also discussed at the Rockhampton Regional Council's performance and service committee meeting yesterday morning.

Rockhampton Region Mayor Margaret Strelow moved a motion to cap the budget for cleaning the region's waterways and creeks at $1million while upgraded funding was sought.

Deputy Mayor Tony Williams said pushing for Category D funding was vital for the region.

"We can't leave our community exposed," he said.



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