State Recovery Coordinator says Rockhampton the initial focus of rebuilding following Cyclone Debbie
HIS priority will be Rockhampton, but Brigadier Christopher Field, AM, will find his expertise needed across a vast tract of Queensland in the months ahead as he takes on the role of State Recovery Coordinator.
The Townsville-based Australian Army Brigadier and Commander 3rd Brigade Lavarack Barracks was appointed to the challenging post by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk last week before Cyclone Debbie had even moved off into the Pacific.
A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Royal Military College Duntroon and…
Insurers call for disaster mitigation increase
The federal government rejected a Productivity Commission proposal to increase natural disaster mitigation spending at the same time it attempted to pressure state governments to accept a drastic cut to recovery spending.
Australia’s biggest insurers want the government to revisit the plans to dramatically increase natural disaster prevention spending, which the commission believes will save billions in post-catastrophe clean-ups.
As the damage wrought by Cyclone Debbie continues to mount, Insurance Australia Group and Suncorp have hit back at politicians’ accusations companies are “stingy” with claims, and have called on the government to adopt the recommendation it commit to an annual $200 million spend…