Townsville, Cairns councils pick up community recovery grants

The Townsville City Council is to receive $145,00 in State and Commonwealth funding to buy five trailer-mounted generators to maintain services in areas susceptible to flooding, tidal inundation or sewer overflows.

The Cairns Regional Council will receive $119,000 for a satellite trailer to supplement the communication networks and restore connectivity during network outages.

These and a further 117 flood recovery and resilience projects are being financed from the $15.5 million Flexible Grants Program under the umbrella of Commonwealth/State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements – Category C Community Recovery Fund.

The program’s specific focus is driving recovery and building community resilience in areas impacted by flooding from the 2019 North and Far North Queensland Monsoon Trough.

The 119 projects are receiving, in total, more than $9 million in grant funding.

In related news, five bushfire-affected councils in Queensland – Livingstone Shire, Noosa Shire, Scenic Rim, Somerset, and Southern Downs – have secured $3 million over two years in funding from the DRFA’s Community Development Program to employ community development officers.