Regions combine for flood resilience
The Burdekin and Haughton Flood Resilience Strategy was funded through the joint Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) $242 million Category C and D package for the 2019 North and Far North Queensland Monsoon Trough.
Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud said the strategy would increase community capacity in the face of major flood events.
“The Burdekin and Haughton catchments are home to approximately 110,000 people across almost 39,000 properties, stretching from Alpha in the south all the way up the Atherton Tablelands in the north,” Mr Littleproud said.
“This strategy is about being prepared and an excellent example of cooperation between the Australian and Queensland governments.
“We’ll never be able eradicate disasters, but we can always ensure we are better prepared for when they strike.”
Charters Towers Regional Council Mayor Frank Beveridge said it was important that all stakeholders within the catchment worked together for future flooding events.
“None of us operate in isolation, a flood at the back of Ingham affects Charters Towers and the Burdekin Shire, so it’s important that we work as one to prepare for and respond to these types of events,” Cr Beveridge said.
Eight project partner councils will oversee the strategy’s implementation: Barcaldine Regional Council, Burdekin Shire Council, Charters Towers Regional Council, Isaac Regional Council, Mackay Regional Council, Tablelands Regional Council, Townsville City Council and Whitsunday Regional Council.
For more information visit: www.qra.qld.gov.au/burdekin-haughton