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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Premier tells Rockhampton – “together we’ll fight Canberra for future flood protection”

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Friday, June 09, 2017

    Premier tells Rockhampton – “together we’ll fight Canberra for future flood protection”

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has warned Rockhampton residents they will need to fight the arrogant Turnbull Government for future flood protection, despite the Queensland Government and Rockhampton Regional Council committing to the South Rockhampton levee.

    “I met with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his Deputy Barnaby Joyce tonight ahead of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting in Hobart last night, and they steadfastly refused to support the levee,” she said.

    “Barnaby Joyce was happy to jump in boats and have beers at the Fitzroy Hotel for the TV cameras in the recent flood, but he is not prepared to deliver flood protection for more Rockhampton residents.”

    “I tell the people of Rockhampton – my Government supports the South Rockhampton flood levee and we will stand with the Council and you to get this arrogant Turnbull Government to deliver.”

    “Barnaby Joyce falsely claimed my Government was not providing the information for disaster assistance during the immediate Debbie response.  His Government needs to deliver.”

    “Just as people power forced the Turnbull Government to back down on moving primary producers off their land for a defence training ground expansion for Shoalwater Bay, we need to re-group for a flood levee.”

    Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne said: “According to Gold Logie winner Karl Stefanovic – an ex Rocky reporter – this is a no-brainer. I couldn’t agree more."

    “(Federal Member for Capricornia) Michelle Landry has never supported this proposal and has looked for every possible excuse to subvert or redirect the idea."

    “Her nonsense poll will never be able to claim objectivity. It is an example of ‘don’t ask the question unless you know the answer’."

    “We all know what answer she is seeking and what a surprise it will be when it is delivered."

    “My advice to her is get with the program and let the people of Rockhampton get on with it.”

    The Premier said she had requested Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull a month ago to jointly fund a $220 million additional infrastructure projects, including the South Rockhampton Flood Levee, following Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

    The Turnbull Government has yet to agree to the proposal to be made under the Natural Disaster Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) Category D declaration.  A similar Category D package was agreed to by Premier Palaszczuk and former Prime Minister Tony Abbott following Tropical Cyclone Marcia in 2015.

    The Premier had proposed today’s COAG meeting be held in Rockhampton.  http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2017/1/30/premier-steps-up-call-for-coag-to-meet-in-regional-queensland

    Mr Turnbull decided to convene it in Hobart – more than 2000 kilometres south of the Tropic of Capricorn.

    Media contact: Kirby Anderson (Premier's office) 0417 263 791