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Over $1.5 Million For Disaster Resilience In Far North

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Communities across Far North Queensland will become more resilient to natural disasters with the Palaszczuk Government announcing nine local councils and one non-government organisation will share in more than $1.5 million of disaster mitigation funding.

A total of 15 projects will be funded in the region through Round 1 of the four-round $38 million Queensland Disaster Resilience Fund (QDRF).

Works include radio tower upgrades, the installation of flood cameras, warning signs and barriers, emergency power supply systems, and drainage improvements.

Member for Cook Cynthia Lui said Queenslanders from the Far North are no strangers to natural disasters and are regularly impacted by monsoonal flooding and cyclones.

“Severe weather events like Cyclone Trevor have seen Queensland emerge as a nation leader when it comes to resilience-building measures,” Ms Lui said.

“This funding will enable communities across Far North Queensland to invest in smart solutions before disaster strikes.

“The past six months have featured some of the most destructive weather in Queensland’s history, with 11 disaster events impacting 61 of our 77 councils.

“Increasing disaster resilience in our communities will not only protect our region from damage and reduce future restoration costs, it will also improve public safety.”

Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said the QDRF will be delivered annually across four rounds as Queensland works towards becoming the most disaster-resilient state in Australia.

“As a state, we need to do everything we can to stand strong against extreme weather events,” Mr Dick said.

“This is a significant investment in our future, with the added benefit of creating more jobs for regional Queensland.”

Funding for these projects will be administered by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority, Australia’s only permanent disaster recovery agency.

The QDRF aligns with the Queensland Strategy for Disaster Resilience.

For more information on the QDRF visit qra.qld.gov.au/QDRF.

Projects approved in Far North Queensland include:

Burke Shire Council
o Burketown flood risk management study

Carpentaria Shire Council
o Flinders River floodplain investigation and assessment

o Critters Camp small cell tower

Cook Shire Council
o Ayton radio tower resiliency upgrades

Croydon Shire Council
o Install flood cameras and river height monitoring

Douglas Shire Council
o Automated rain gauges for upper Daintree River and Bloomfield River

o Portable flood barriers for Douglas Shire

o Automated flooded road warning signage at Barratt Creek Daintree

o Portable two-way radio base station for Douglas Shire

Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council
o Elim Road resilience project

Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council
o Emergency power supply

o Iterra IP satellite system

Torres Cape Indigenous Council Alliance
o Indigenous local government disaster resilience and recovery forum

Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council
o Water, waste water, communications, early warning resiliency project

Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council
o Bukki Road bitumen seal and drainage