No levee commitment
WARREN Truss was between a flood and a boggy patch yesterday when asked about funding for the proposed multi-million dollar CBD flood levee.
The levee will require Federal Government funding, including from the government Mr Truss hopes to be part of after the election on Saturday week.
Gympie's long serving Wide Bay MP was in town to talk about mobile phone reception and the provision of more and better security cameras around the Gympie CBD as a deterrent to violence, theft and graffiti.
He was joined at the Apex Park soundshell, home to floods and graffiti.
Mayor Ron Dyne and his deputy Tony Perrett also pressed their interest in mobile reception issues.
Mr Truss said beefed up CCTV coverage of CBD locations, including the soundshell, would not only quell crime, but would give people the confidence to reclaim the CBD as a safe environment for everyone.
And he said upgrades to mobile phone coverage would finally bring the near-Gympie satellite suburb of Widgee back to Earth.
Classed as a "remote" area because of its reception problems caused by hilly terrain, residents have literally had to communicate with the rest of the world via satellite, if they wanted mobile coverage at all.
Crs Dyne and Perrett said a number of black spots remained around Gympie, including along the Wide Bay Hwy and the Tin Can Bay Rd.
And reception is nothing to phone home about in parts of Southside either, according to the mayor, who now lives there.
Telstra, Mr Truss said, had been reluctant to do anything about it.
"They're not spending any money they don't have to because they don't know what the future holds with the National Broadband Network."
He welcomed council "leadership" on the levee issue and the interest of the state government, but said the requirement to fully cost election commitments meant he was not in a position to flood the region with any promises not already in the pre-election pipeline.