Editorial - Thursday, August 15: Flood funding in limbo
WHILE I'm a newcomer to flooding in the Clarence Valley, I'm acutely aware of the devastation caused by the January floods.
It's a concern there is vital infrastructure that urgently needs repair ahead of the wet season. And with the slow rate the money trickles in, it's opening the floodgates for potential pain next wet season.
Of course there's still a bit of time, but there's a hell of a lot of work to do too.
In my experience in Warwick a couple of years ago, the State Government was fairly quick at coughing up the cash. But the council found itself struggling to get the work done in time.
It had its regular maintenance projects to take care of and didn't have the staff or project managers to deal with the repairs and it also struggled to hire casuals and contractors to pick up the slack.
It seems to me like we've had to kick and scream for every stage of disaster relief and if the funding provisions can't be fast-tracked, something is wrong.
We hope to see a nudge given by council and for those funds to arrive as quickly as possible.
They may be coming, but so is Christmas ...