Funds help regions prepare for disaster
The high-priority works are being delivered through Round 1 of a four-round $38 million Queensland Disaster Resilience Fund (QDRF).
The allocations include $1.1 million for Central Queensland, where funded projects include bushfire mitigation, crossing stabilisation, flood modelling and mapping, and evacuation centre upgrades.
Far North Queensland communities have drawn $1.5 million for projects including radio tower upgrades, installation of flood cameras, warning signs and barriers, emergency power supply systems, and drainage improvements.
Works including bushfire mitigation, road upgrades, installation of a flood camera network and the purchase of fuel trailers have drawn more than $900,000 in North Queensland.
The North West has been allocated $1.7 million through Round 1 of the QDRF for 14 projects.
Works include road and drainage improvements, switchboard upgrades, and the construction of new and replacement floodways, while emergency generators will be introduced at select disaster coordination centres.
State emerges from destructive weather period“With this funding, communities throughout our western region will be able to invest in smart solutions before disaster strikes,”
State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Minister Cameron Dick said.
“Queensland has just emerged from one of the most destructive weather periods in its history, with 11 disaster events over six months impacting 61 of our 77 councils.
“By increasing our state’s disaster resilience we’re not only protecting our communities from damage and reducing future restoration costs, we’re also improving public safety.”
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said school children in disaster prone areas will also be given vital tips on how to prepare, cope and deal with natural emergencies they might have to face.
“$330,000 is allocated to supporting the Australian Red Cross’ (ARC) Pillowcase Project, which will see disaster resilience lessons taught to 5000 children in Years 3 and 4 across the state,” the Premier said.
“This ensures young Queenslanders understand the importance of being prepared, identifying hazards in their community, knowing what to pack in an emergency kit, and staying calm during a disaster.”
The Pillowcase Project program will involve students across Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton, Bundaberg, the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
Funding for these projects will be administered by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority.