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Gympie's $28m flood fund appeal swamped over bickering

By Frances Adcock, Monday April 22, 2013 - 12:01 EST

Gympie Mayor Ron Dyne says the Queensland and federal governments bickering over flood funding is delaying essential recovery work.

Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls says the Federal Government is withholding $725 million in flood funding because councils need to provide photos of pre-flood infrastructure.

But Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan denies it is withholding funds and says Queensland's auditor-general needs to sign off before funds are released.

Councillor Dyne says Gympie has asked for $28 million of repair money and not all councils have photos of pre-flood infrastructure.

"People don't care whether the road is owned by council, state or federal - all they want is the road fixed," he said.

"I can ensure you the first point of call they ring is the local council, not the local state member or the federal member.

"It's the ones on the ground, the councils, that are being disadvantaged.

"I'd really appeal to the State and Federal Governments to get some agreements signed and sealed and dusted."


- ABC

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