Airlie Beach residents Maika McDonald,15, Lauren Squires, Karen Gordon and Katelin Gordon survey the damage at Shute Harbour after Cyclone Debbie.
Airlie Beach residents Maika McDonald,15, Lauren Squires, Karen Gordon and Katelin Gordon survey the damage at Shute Harbour after Cyclone Debbie. Liam Kidston

George given chance to get Cat D dollars

THE Federal Government refusal to fund a Shute Harbour upgrade has become a political pawn between State and Federal politicians but now the whole package could be back on the table.

Today Member for Dawson George Christensen will team up with Mackay Mayor Greg Williamson and Whitsunday Mayor Andrew Willcox to ask Justice Minister Michael Keenan for more money through Category D funding relief.

"A key outcome for the discussion is to get a review of many decisions including the refusal to fund Shute Harbour," Mr Christensen said.

However, while visiting Mackay yesterday, Queensland Senator Anthony Chisholm and Member for Whitlam Stephen Jones said Mr Christensen would be given an opportunity to show his support for the region in the upcoming sitting week.

"We will raise the matter in Parliament and we will invite George to back us in supporting the position that has been put forward by the local councils and the Queensland government to fully fund their applications," Mr Jones said.

Bill Shorten has also written to Malcolm Turnbull to ask for more funding.


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