Mayors receive a good hearing at disaster funding meeting

MARGARET Strelow said that she and fellow mayors got a good hearing at the Federal Government's productivity commission hearing into natural disaster funding arrangements.

The Rockhampton Region mayor was among about 25 people at the round-table meeting in Brisbane on Monday.

The commission is looking at the sustainability and effectiveness of current arrangements for funding natural disaster mitigation, and resilience and recovery initiatives.

"It was a really good opportunity to explore issues," Cr Strelow said.

"The productivity commission was surprised at how strong local governments concern was at the prospect of additional costs coming to us."

Among the proposals is lowering Commonwealth contributions to disaster recovery from the existing 75% to either 25% or 33%.

Cr Strelow said there seemed to be some assumptions in the commission's issues paper that local government was reluctant to develop mitigation measures because it did not have to pick up the bill for disaster recovery.

The commission will release its draft report in September, and present its final report to the Federal Government in December.



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