Landry says councils are “overreacting” to possible cuts
FEDERAL MP Michelle Landry has told councils to stop "overreacting" over the possibility of cuts to disaster relief funding.
The productivity commission has suggested slashing federal contributions from 75% to 50% of the costs, and are currently accepting submissions on the proposal.
Ms Landry said the inquiry, launched in April, was looking into a blowout of expenditure which came after councils allegedly used disaster funding for routine maintenance as well.
But the Member for Capricornia said the proposal didn't mean the cuts would actually happen.
"This is just a productivity commission looking at different ways of cutting down expenditure," she said.
"Everyone is overreacting at the moment, we need to wait and see what happens.
"The federal government is not going to let a town lie in ruins without any assistance."
Since 2009 the Commonwealth has committed about $12 billion under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).
About $10 billion of this has been directed to Queensland.
Rockhampton Regional Council has also been promised over $6 million until 2019 to fix local streets and roads, excluding highways.