Passersby stop to pick up rocks and pavers strewn about after high winds and abnormally high tides pushed waves over the rock wall at Urangan on Sunday morning. Photo: Valerie Horton
Passersby stop to pick up rocks and pavers strewn about after high winds and abnormally high tides pushed waves over the rock wall at Urangan on Sunday morning. Photo: Valerie Horton

Letters: Missing the point on Cyclone Oswald relief funding

Letters: LAST week I highlighted concerns that a vital mental health program established to help people recover from the trauma of major flooding has been scrapped.

The mental health service was introduced by the former LNP state government to support communities impacted by Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald and associated flooding in the Bundaberg and North Burnett area.

It is an invaluable service in our community that has been providing recovery activities to individuals, carers, families and groups with a focus of assisting people who are experiencing personal, social or emotional difficulties as a consequence of these weather events.

Centacare Bundaberg has been doing an amazing job in rolling out the program and I congratulate the staff for their tremendous work in assisting our community.

Clearly there is a deep need for this service to continue, but as the financial year draws to a close, so too will this program.

The Member for Bundaberg is trying to blame the Federal Government for the program's demise.

She is missing the point entirely.

She should be campaigning to see this program continue and ensure flood victims are assisted in their path to recovery.

Her government has announced $5.1 million for counselling and support for communities affected by Tropical Cyclone Marcia, including in the North Burnett.

Obviously there is funding available for this type of service, yet the Member for Bundaberg isn't willing to stand up for her own community to ensure the program continues.

All this community is asking for is that she joins the fight for the continuation of this program.

STEPHEN BENNETT

State Member for Burnett


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