Record Roll-Out For Flood And Disaster Funding

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Giant earthen levees will rise, new drainage systems will be built and more early warning systems deployed through the Newman Government’s latest record investment in flood and disaster mitigation projects to protect Queensland families.

Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience Minister David Crisafulli said more than 40 councils would spend almost $52 million from the 2014-15 Disaster Mitigation and Resilience Funding program on more than 80 projects.

“Our strong plan to protect Queensland communities means we are working with local councils to literally move heaven and earth to protect and prepare families, homes and livelihoods,” Mr Crisafulli said.

“Families have been pushed to the brink in the past few years and we are doing everything we can to not only protect them but make them stronger and give them a brighter future.”

Mr Crisafulli said this year’s projects included new levees and temporary flood barriers, road-raising, major drainage and stormwater upgrades, improvements to evacuation routes and the installation of rainfall and river height warning systems.

“Over the next few days and weeks we will announce projects to protect hundreds of homes and businesses across Queensland that will provide permanent relief to local families that have lived for many years in fear of what Mother Nature might bring,” Mr Crisafulli said.

“The works will also provide a much-needed financial boost to communities through jobs and lower insurance premiums.

“It’s work that should have happened a long time ago, but Labor had no plan or policies for Queensland

“While we will never disaster-proof Queensland, we can protect people a lot better than the past.

“Disasters can strike at any time but the Newman Government’s strong plan to protect communities for the long term will ensure a brighter future for all Queenslanders.”

The 2014-15 Disaster Mitigation and Resilience Funding program is being delivered through the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program-Flood Response, Royalties for the Regions and the joint Federal and State National Disaster Resilience Program.

“The former federal government delayed making this money to available to Queensland. I must thank Prime Minister Abbott for moving quickly to get this money into the State’s hands,” Mr Crisafulli said.

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