MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: multipart/alternative; boundary="----=_NextPart_000_0037_01D70FAE.773CFA10" This is a multipart message in MIME format. ------=_NextPart_000_0037_01D70FAE.773CFA10 Content-Type: text/plain; charset="utf-8" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit SENATOR MURRAY WATT SHADOW MINISTER FOR DISASTER AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SHADOW MINISTER FOR NORTHERN AUSTRALIA SHADOW MINISTER FOR QUEENSLAND RESOURCES SENATOR FOR QUEENSLAND SENATOR TIM AYRES CHAIR OF THE FINANCE AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION REFERENCES COMMITTEE SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES BUSHFIRES VICTIMS STILL WITHOUT RUNNING WATER Fourteen months after bushfires devastated the NSW South Coast, many communities are still waiting for permanent accommodation and access to basic sanitation. Evidence given to the Senate Inquiry into Lessons to be learned in relation to the Australian bushfire season 2019-20 today indicates these communities have been left behind by the Morrison Government and it has been left to community groups to provide basic necessities such as tanks, toilets and showers. It is unacceptable that families in bushfire-affected areas are living in third world conditions fourteen months after their houses were destroyed. Kids without running water or sanitation are trying to grow up and go to school. People are still living in tents and caravans, with no rebuilding on the horizon. Promises were made, but the problems persist. These are more families that have been left behind by the Morrison Government’s bushfire recovery. Comments from stakeholders: Christine Walters, Cobargo Bushfire Relief Centre “People are still living in caravans with a tarp for shelter, half a shed or a Minderoo pod. Now that's luxury. With the exception of the Minderoo pods, these dwellings have been cobbled together by themselves, their neighbours or a handful of good souls who have sourced donated caravans and cobbled together some building materials for makeshift dwelling. Hardly the stuff for a first world country.” Michael Brosnan, Social Justice Advocates of the Sapphire Coast “We've got 59 people on our lists… 59 people who are going to receive tanks, toilets and showers 14 months later. Sorry, something went wrong. I don't have the answers. But we've got to recognise that something went wrong. And we've got to try and help that now.” Leanne Atkinson, Catholic Social Services “I would suggest that there is more than one community that has significant issues with sanitation... I can't say the entirety of Nerrigundah is without a toilet or a shower. But I can tell you that there are pockets of communities right across the Bega Valley near Eurobodalla, who would be in a very similar situations.” TUESDAY, 2 MARCH 2021 MEDIA CONTACTS: TALI ELEY (WATT) 0448 078 456 JOE MCKENZIE (AYRES) 0431 377 319 Authorised by Paul Erickson, ALP, Canberra. This is a broadcast email - please do not reply to this email. This email is confidential and may be privileged. If you have received this email by mistake: (1) please notify me immediately and delete the email; (2) you must not use this email or its contents; (3) client legal privilege is not waived. unsubscribe from this list. This email was sent to iq@canberraiq.com.au why did I get this? unsubscribe from this list update subscription preferences Leader's Office Media Unit · Parliament House · Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (ACT) 2600 · Australia ------=_NextPart_000_0037_01D70FAE.773CFA10 Content-Type: text/html; charset="utf-8" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable MURRAY WATT & TIM AYRES - MEDIA RELEASE - BUSHFIRE = VICTIMS LEFT WITHOUT RUNNING WATER - TUESDAY, 2 MARCH 2021
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SENATOR = MURRAY WATT
SHADOW MINISTER FOR DISASTER AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
SHADOW MINISTER FOR NORTHERN AUSTRALIA
SHADOW MINISTER FOR QUEENSLAND RESOURCES
SENATOR FOR QUEENSLAND
 
SENATOR TIM AYRES
CHAIR OF THE FINANCE AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION REFERENCES = COMMITTEE
SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES


 
BUSHFIRES VICTIMS STILL WITHOUT = RUNNING WATER
 
Fourteen = months after bushfires devastated the NSW South Coast, many communities = are still waiting for permanent accommodation and access to basic = sanitation.
 
Evidence given to the Senate Inquiry into Lessons to be = learned in relation to the Australian bushfire season 2019-20 = today indicates these communities have been left behind by the = Morrison Government and it has been left to community groups to provide = basic necessities such as tanks, toilets and showers.
 
It is unacceptable that families in bushfire-affected areas are living = in third world conditions fourteen months after their houses were = destroyed.
 
Kids without running water or sanitation are trying to grow up and go to = school. People are still living in tents and caravans, with no = rebuilding on the horizon.
 
Promises were made, but the problems persist.
 
These are more families that have been left behind by the Morrison = Government=E2=80=99s bushfire recovery.
 
Comments from stakeholders:
 
Christine Walters, Cobargo Bushfire Relief Centre
 
=E2=80=9CPeople are still living in caravans with a tarp for = shelter, half a shed or a Minderoo pod. Now that's luxury. With the = exception of the Minderoo pods, these dwellings have been cobbled = together by themselves, their neighbours or a handful of good souls who = have sourced donated caravans and cobbled together some building = materials for makeshift dwelling. Hardly the stuff for a first world = country.=E2=80=9D
 
Michael Brosnan, Social Justice Advocates of the Sapphire = Coast
 
=E2=80=9CWe've got 59 people on our lists=E2=80=A6 59 people who are = going to receive tanks, toilets and showers 14 months later. Sorry, = something went wrong. I don't have the answers. But we've got to = recognise that something went wrong. And we've got to try and help that = now.=E2=80=9D
 
Leanne Atkinson, Catholic Social Services
 
=E2=80=9CI would suggest that there is more than one community that = has significant issues with sanitation... I can't say the entirety of = Nerrigundah is without a toilet or a shower. But I can tell you that = there are pockets of communities right across the Bega Valley near = Eurobodalla, who would be in a very similar = situations.=E2=80=9D
 
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