Levee funding promised in Anthony Albanese tour to Mackay
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With a federal election around the corner, Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese has made a doorstop in Mackay to announce major funding for the sugar city if Labor gets into power.
Federal Labor is accusing the Morrison Government of failing to deliver when it comes to disaster readiness across Australia, promising a $200 million a year investment in its new 'Disaster Ready Fund'.
If elected, Mackay will be the first to receive the funds, with $5 million pledged towards extending the region's flood levee along the Pioneer River.
Senator Murray Watt says the critical piece of infrastructure will help future-proof the sugar city against the impacts of natural disasters.
"By extending this flood levee with a contribution from Federal Labor we can protect homes in Mackay, we can protect businesses, and we can protect taxpayers because it's going to mean there'll be less money needing to be spent to repair after future floods," he says.
Inaction claims rejected
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Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen has fought back in a statement, arguing disaster mitigation funding is already well in hand by the Morrison Government.
The Nationals MP said funding for the redeveloped Shute Harbour marine terminal after 2017's Cyclone Debbie was only possible after he "knocked on every door".
"All he [Anthony Albanese] had to do was open his eyes and look around while he was up there to see the redeveloped Shute Harbour marine terminal, which is an example of what relief funding can provide," Mr Christensen says.
"Anthony Albanese and Senator Murray Watt and Labor were nowhere to be seen when it came to advocating for this region as we began the long road to recovery from Cyclone Debbie."
A federal election announcement is expected in the coming months.