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Communities across central Queensland will become more resilient to natural disasters with the Palaszczuk Government announcing seven local councils will share in more than $1.1 million of disaster mitigation funding.
A total of eight projects will be funded in the region through Round 1 of the four-round $38 million Queensland Disaster Resilience Fund (QDRF).
Works include bushfire mitigation, crossing stabilisation, flood modelling and mapping, and evacuation centre upgrades.
Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said central Queenslanders are no strangers to natural disasters, having been severely impacted by Cyclones Debbie, Marcia and Oswald in recent years.
“These natural disasters and others have seen Queensland emerge as a nation leader when it comes to resilience-building measures,” Mrs Lauga said.
“This funding will enable communities across central Queensland to invest in smart solutions before disaster strikes.”
Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke said the past six months have featured some of the most destructive weather in Queensland’s history, with 11 disaster events impacting 61 of our 77 councils.
“Increasing disaster resilience in our communities is vital for our social and economic wellbeing,” Mr O’Rourke said.
“These projects won’t just protect our region from damage and reduce future restoration costs, they’ll also improve public safety.”
Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher said the QDRF will be delivered annually across four rounds as Queensland works towards becoming the most disaster-resilient state in Australia.
“As a state, we need to do everything we can to stand strong against extreme weather events,” Mr Butcher said.
“This is a significant investment in our future, with the added benefit of creating more jobs for regional Queensland.”
Funding for these projects will be administered by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority, Australia’s only permanent disaster recovery agency.
The QDRF aligns with the Queensland Strategy for Disaster Resilience.
For more information on the QDRF visit qra.qld.gov.au/QDRF.
Projects approved in central Queensland include:
Banana Shire Council
o Establish BoM flood warning service for Biloela and Jambin
Central Highlands Regional Council
o Bluff flood mitigation study
o Community resilience education and emergency volunteer recruitment
Gladstone Regional Council
o Uxbridge Road to Maude Hill Road fire trail
Isaac Regional Council
o Generator for local disaster coordination centre relocation
Livingstone Shire Council
o Strategic fire trails and mitigation activities
North Burnett Regional Council
o Ross Crossing bridge approaches and rock protection
Rockhampton Regional Council
o Rockhampton Airport precinct levee feasibility study