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Queensland risk fund pumps more cash into disaster readiness

Queensland will receive nearly $15 million for natural disaster mitigation projects under a fresh round of funding from the state and federal governments.  

The money, provided through the Queensland Resilience and Risk Reduction Fund, will target 25 projects aiming to prepare communities for floods, storms, cyclones and fires.  

The programs include $1 million for Central Queensland University to improve design and resilience of green energy hubs.  

About $2 million will go to Noosa Shire Council for work including embankment protection at Sunshine Beach, and a similar amount will be provided to organisations focused on limiting the Great Barrier Reef’s erosion.

The governments have also committed more than $730,000 to Far North Queensland councils to protect communication networks and community hubs.  

Federal Emergency Management Minister Murray Watt says many projects are “informed by local priorities, to address risks that local organisations have identified and create solutions to help them better prepare. It’s clear that the more we do to prepare for disasters beforehand, the better off communities will be when we inevitably see more natural disasters and severe weather in the future.  

“This funding will support a range of disaster mitigation initiatives, disaster preparedness assets, technology innovations and resilient infrastructure right across Queensland.”  

The Queensland Resilience and Risk Reduction Fund has committed $76 million to 252 initiatives in urban and remote areas since 2019.

Click here for a full list of projects supported by the fund.