Qld councils encouraged to apply for disaster resilience funding

More than $13 million is being made available through the Queensland Resilience and Risk Reduction Fund to help local communities better prepare for future disasters.

“I encourage Queensland councils, government departments and not-for-profits to think outside the box when it comes to disaster resilience and risk reduction and take advantage of this funding,” Queensland Treasurer and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said this week.

Successful projects will support the objectives of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework and the Queensland Strategy for Disaster Resilience to reduce the risk and limit the impact of disasters.

The Commonwealth is providing $4.8 million and the state government $8.3 million under their five-year commitment to improved safety and disaster resilience across the state.

Applications for the QRRRF money close on Wednesday 22 July. If successful, applicants are required to deliver their projects within two years.

In other funding news, 18 regional councils in north and north-west Queensland have had betterment and resilience projects approved under Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

Almost $16 million will be shared by the councils (and one state agency) to rebuild community infrastructure to a higher standard. Click here to see the list of approved projects.

Construction works will begin in coming weeks, with the aim of delivering all projects within 12 months.