THE Queensland Government has announced more than $2.8 million in Commonwealth funding for natural disaster resilience projects on the Gold Coast.
Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Queensland Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad made the announcement on Tuesday.
More than $2.12 million has been allocated for drainage renewal at Tugun, while a further $738,000 has been set aside for the renewal of the artificial reef at Narrowneck.
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An additional $248,337 will be spent on preparing a flood hazard management, disaster mitigation assessment study and bushfire risk reduction program for the Scenic Rim.
Mr Keenan said while the nature and size of the country’s landscape meant that natural hazards were a fact of life in Australia, communities are stepping up efforts to manage natural disaster risks.
“That is why the Commonwealth Government is providing this funding to Queensland as part of the $52 million national partnership agreement on natural disaster resilience to support local projects that contribute to a safer, more sustainable community,” Mr Keenan said.
“This funding encourages a partnership approach to disaster resilience, with funding recipients helping to build a culture of shared responsibility with governments.”
The Natural Disaster Resilience Program (NDRP) will fund $25.7 million for 85 projects through the State’s new streamlined application process.
Ms Trad said the new approach had reduced the administrative burden and ensured a shorter turnaround between submitting expressions of interest to being granted approval.
“This funding is having an immediate impact on communities and will deliver jobs and projects immediately right across the state,” Ms Trad said.
“Queensland is more susceptible to natural disasters than any other state and making our infrastructure more resilient is critical to helping communities get back on their feet.”
The NDRP is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland Government and applications are open to all councils as well as not-for-profit organisations.