Flood victims rush Qld’s $471m resilient homes program

Over 4200 people have registered with the Queensland government for funding to repair and retrofit their houses to better cope with future floods.

The $741 million Resilient Homes Fund also allows for properties to be bought under a voluntary buy-back program.

State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Minister Steven Miles said this week that as of 26 July, 437 people had registered their interest in the buy-back program.

A further 1252 had registered for the house-raising program and 1491 for the rebuild program, with 664 people unsure which option is best suited to their individual needs.

Mr Miles says the Resilient Homes Fund  is the largest program of its kind ever delivered in Australia.

It was launched in the wake of February’s flood disaster in southeast Queensland and has since been opened to homeowners across 37 local government areas impacted in the 2021-22 disaster season.

It is being administered by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) and delivered through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

In related news, a report commissioned by the QRA  says 500,000 Queenslanders were impacted by this year’s floods and that the damages bill will reach $7.7 billion.