$1 million in funding for Queensland resilience projects

$1 million in funding for Queensland resilience projects

The Hon Michael Keenan MP

Minister for Justice

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Counter Terrorism

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Queensland Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad today announced funding of more than $1 million for community resilience projects in the Maranoa, Balonne, Southern Downs and Goondiwindi council areas.

Mr Keenan said while the nature and size of the country’s landscape meant that natural hazards were a fact of life in Australia, communities are stepping up efforts to manage natural disaster risks.

“That is why the Commonwealth Government is providing this funding to Queensland as part of the $52 million national partnership agreement on natural disaster resilience to support local projects that contribute to a safer, more sustainable community,” Mr Keenan said.

“This funding encourages a partnership approach to disaster resilience, with funding recipients helping to build a culture of shared responsibility with governments.”

The Natural Disaster Resilience Program (NDRP) will fund $25.7 million for 85 projects through the State’s new streamlined application process.

Ms Trad said the new approach had reduced the administrative burden and ensured a shorter turnaround between submitting expressions of interest to being granted approval.

“This funding is having an immediate impact on communities and will deliver jobs and projects immediately right across the state,” Ms Trad said.

“Queensland is more susceptible to natural disasters than any other state and making our infrastructure more resilient is critical to helping communities get back on their feet.”

The funds will support:

Maranoa Regional Council ($786,096) – residents of Mitchell will benefit from funding of $323,796 for the installation of stormwater drainage, new pits and headwalls in Alice Street, Edinburgh Street and Harrow Street.The Maranoa region will also receive a further $462,300 for the re-alignment of Orallo Road north of Roma.
Southern Downs ($120,000) –$60,000 for the maintenance of existing sections of the 42 kilometres of fire trails in the hills east of Warwick as well as construction of a new fire trail for the Rosehill, Houghton Heights area. A further $60,000 will go towards the installation of three additional rain gauges to enhance the current Rainfall and Flood Gauge Network and upgrades for six existing critical river gauges.
Balonne Council ($60,000) – constructing a levee around Bollon Cemetery to protect it from future floods.
Goondiwindi Regional Council ($49,485) – to install two LED message boards in central locations to display disaster management information
The NDRP is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland Government and applications are open to all councils as well as not-for-profit organisations.

For more information visit: http://www.dilgp.qld.gov.au/grants-and-subsidies

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