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$50,000 For Disaster Relief On Sunshine Coast

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The Sunshine Coast will become more resilient to natural disasters with the Palaszczuk Government announcing both regional councils will share in more than $50,000 of disaster mitigation funding.

Projects will be funded through Round 1 of the four-round $38 million Queensland Disaster Resilience Fund (QDRF).

These include the design of the Russell Island fire trail along Glendale Road, which is one of the critical thoroughfares providing an escape route between the southern and northern ends of island.

Member for Redlands Kim Richards said the funding will enable south-east communities to invest in smart solutions before disaster strikes.

“Severe weather events like the 2011 floods have seen Queensland emerge as a nation leader when it comes to resilience-building measures,” Ms Richards said.

“Meanwhile, the past 12 months have featured some of the most destructive weather in our state’s history, including bushfires that engulfed North Stradbroke Island last December.

“Increasing disaster resilience in our communities is vital for our social and economic wellbeing.

“These projects won’t just protect our region from damage and reduce future restoration costs, they’ll also improve public safety.”

Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said the QDRF will be delivered annually across four rounds as Queensland works towards becoming the most disaster-resilient state in Australia.

“As a state, we need to do everything we can to stand strong against extreme weather events,” Mr Dick said.

“This is a significant investment in our future, with the added benefit of creating more jobs for regional Queensland.”

Funding for these projects will be administered by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority, Australia’s only permanent disaster recovery agency.

The QDRF aligns with the Queensland Strategy for Disaster Resilience.

For more information on the QDRF visit qra.qld.gov.au/QDRF.

Projects approved in south-east Queensland include:

Sunshine Coast Regional Council
o Telemetered level gauges on Obi Obi Creek, Maleny

Redland City Council
o Russell Island (Glendale Road) fire trail design

More than $868,000 will be dished out along the North Coast. 

Works include shoreline rehabilitation for the Burnett River, the installation of flood cameras in Maryborough, and the introduction of a flood forecasting system for Noosa that will extend warning times from three hours to more than 24 hours.

Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said Queenslanders are no strangers to natural disasters and are regularly impacted by monsoonal flooding and cyclones.

“Off the back of severe weather events like Cyclone Debbie, Queensland has asserted itself as a nation-leader when it comes to resilience-building measures,” Mr Dick said.

“With this funding, communities across the north coast region will be able to invest in smart solutions before disaster strikes.

“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.”

Mr Dick said the QDRF will be delivered annually across four rounds as Queensland works towards becoming the most disaster-resilient state in Australia.

“As a state, we need to do everything we can to stand strong against extreme weather events,” he said.

“This is a significant investment in our future, with the added benefit of creating more jobs for regional Queensland.”

Funding for these projects will be administered by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority, Australia’s only permanent disaster recovery agency.

The QDRF aligns with the Queensland Strategy for Disaster Resilience.

For more information on the QDRF visit qra.qld.gov.au/QDRF.

Projects approved in the north coast region include:

Burnett Mary Regional Group for Natural Resource Management
o Riverbank shoreline rehabilitation in Burnett River

Fraser Coast Regional Council
o Three flood cameras to increase Maryborough flood preparedness

Gympie Regional Council
o Gympie region flood modelling and mapping

Noosa Council
o Noosa Council flood forecasting system

o Installation of permanent tide gauges in lower Noosa River

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