Further funding to help bushfire recovery in Qld communities

Seven Queensland councils will share $8.9 million of additional funding for a range of projects to help drive economic recovery in communities impacted by last year’s bushfires.

They include the Bundaberg Regional Council, Gympie Regional Council, Scenic Rim Regional Council, Somerset Regional Council, Southern Downs Regional Council, Sunshine Coast Regional Council, and the Toowoomba Regional Council.

The money, from the Local Economic Recovery (LER) Program, will finance projects such as upgrades to community facilities, water infrastructure and environmental revegetation, as well as the installation of smart water meters in drought-prone areas.

The LER Program is administered by Queensland Reconstruction Authority on behalf of the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments – and is open to local governments and Queensland Government departments and agencies for projects in the Bundaberg, Gladstone, Gympie, Ipswich, Livingstone, Lockyer Valley, Mareeba, Noosa, Scenic Rim, Somerset, Southern Downs, Sunshine Coast, and Toowoomba local government areas.