Canberra commits $92 million to Queensland resilience
The Federal Government will invest $91.8 million in disaster recovery and resilience for Queensland communities.
Three new initiatives will help eligible communities and primary producers recover from repeat flooding and aim to strengthen resilience to future severe weather events.
The North Queensland Resilience Program will provide almost $85 million towards mitigation measures.
It will support projects identified and prioritised by north Queensland’s most disaster-hit local councils.
Grants of up to $150,000 will also be available to farmers affected by the 2019 and 2023 floods, to replenish livestock numbers and replace damaged fencing and other infrastructure, while a $2 million on-farm resilience study will be conducted.
The package will be administered by the Queensland Government.
“The north cops more than its fair share of severe weather, so investing in disaster preparedness is crucial for keeping people safe and protecting local infrastructure so it doesn’t wash away every time we get a flood,” Federal Emergency Management Minister Murray Watt said.
“Together with the Miles Government, the Albanese Government is building back better, to a more resilient standard, and working with local councils to deliver projects they know are important for their communities.”