Coffs Coast Advocate

Chase for flood cash continues

FEDERAL MP Luke Hartsuyker is not giving up his chase for flood relief cash for locals.

The pockets of Prime Minister Rudd, though, appear to be bare . . . still.

One month after writing a personal letter to the PM seeking the same payment for Coffs and Clarence flood victims that was given to Ingham residents, still nothing has come forward.

Mr Hartsuyker did receive a response of a kind yesterday, however.

It came from the PM's Parliamentary Secretary Anthony Byrne who said the matter had been 'referred' to the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin.

Mr Hartsuyker described that communique rather succinctly: 'A slap in the face'.

“For the past five weeks, hundreds of people have had to find temporary homes and replace thousands of dollars in damaged property,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“Many of these people continue to struggle to make ends meet. Yet here we have a heartless Prime Minister who could not even give local residents the courtesy of a response.”

Luke is still swinging though, and has now taken up the fight with Ms Macklin.

Locals may see the one-off $1000 payment yet.

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