$14.3m disaster funding boost for Queensland communities

Queensland communities will receive $14.3 million under the 2015-18 National Partnership Agreement on Natural Disaster Resilience to help them better prepare for natural disasters.

Jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland governments, the Natural Disaster Resilience Program (NDRP) supports community groups, government and non-government agencies, as well as Queensland based not-for-profits, to build disaster resilience across the state.

Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security Angus Taylor, who has responsibility for Commonwealth disaster assistance, said 72 projects from 54 councils and 12 organisations and agencies had been approved.

“Queensland communities have a wealth of shared knowledge and experience in natural disaster management at a local level, which the NDRP harnesses to make communities stronger and safer,” Mr Taylor said.

“The quality of the applications clearly demonstrates the innovation, enthusiasm and commitment of Queensland communities to build local resilience.

“This program is about providing communities with the resources to reduce their vulnerability and empower them to build resilience to future disasters.

“The funding has given communities the opportunity to go above and beyond the usual repair and restoration of roads and public infrastructure and implement creative and effective initiatives that build stronger communities.”

Acting Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Anthony Lynham said the NDRP continued the important work initiated by the 2017 Queensland Strategy for Disaster Resilience and the recently released Resilient Queensland, which aims to make Queensland Australia’s most disaster resilient state.

“History shows that increasing the resilience of Queensland communities to natural disasters not only reduces our risk, but also reduces future expenditure on restoration,” Dr Lynham said.

“This funding will enable local communities to identify risks, share information and work cooperatively to adequately prepare for disasters.”

“The projects approved in the 2017-18 funding round demonstrate a commitment to and investment in local communities building resilience with the full support and backing of the state and federal governments.”

Successful projects included the employment of resilience officers, improvement of flood warning gauge networks, infrastructure lightning and storm protection, development of emergency helicopter landing zones, and purchase of emergency recovery equipment.

The 2017-18 Natural Disaster Resilience Program aligns with the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience (NSDR), the Queensland Strategy for Disaster Resilience (QSDR) and is administered by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority, Australia’s only permanent disaster recovery agency.

Source: Australian Government