A new $119.1 million package will support infrastructure reconstruction and flood-impacted communities in Queensland.
The package will build upon previous assistance, and will support infrastructure reconstruction and long-term community, economic and environmental recovery.
$100 million Betterment Fund to rebuild infrastructure to a more resilient standard across all impacted Local Government Areas (LGAs).
$15 million Environment Recovery Package for environmental investigations, the clean-up and recovery of waterways, biodiversity and invasive species management, and national park recovery in Boulia Shire Council, Burke Shire Council, Carpentaria Shire Council, Cloncurry Shire Council, Doomadgee Aboriginal Shire Council, Mornington Shire Council and Mount Isa City Council.
$2.2 million Human and Social Recovery Package for community recovery and resilience in Burke, Doomadgee and Carpentaria LGAs.
$1.4 million Economic Recovery Package including tourism recovery and resilience investments, and livestock and grazing land recovery.
The package is funded under Category C and D of the joint Commonwealth-state Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).
It follows a range of disaster assistance already provided by the Albanese and Miles Governments after the event, including:
Financial support for all impacted Councils to undertake clean up and road, bridge and footpath repairs.
Local Recovery and Resilience Grants for the most heavily impacted north-west Queensland councils – Boulia Shire Council, Burke Shire Council, Carpentaria Shire Council and Doomadgee Aboriginal Shire Council ($4.25 million total).
$6 million in recovery grants for impacted primary producers, small business and not-for-profits in 7 of the hardest-hit regions.
$5.75 million specialised livestock support and disposal program.
$1 million towards community mental health and wellbeing services in Boulia Shire Council, Burke Shire Council, Carpentaria Shire Council, Doomadgee Aboriginal Shire Council and Mount Isa City Council.
“This support will help the North West to recover long-term and be more resilient when we face future natural disasters,” said Federal Minister for Emergency Management, Murray Watt.
“Considering many of impacted areas were also hit by the 2019 Monsoon event, investment in Betterment – ensuring infrastructure is built back to a more resilient standard – is crucial to better protecting these disaster-prone regions in the future.”
Queensland Premier, Steven Miles, said this monsoon event was intense, widespread and prolonged and damaging for the state.
“Travelling to the north-west last April, I saw firsthand the impact flooding had on some of our most remote communities, and the need for long-term investment in stronger infrastructure,” he said.
“Our regional transport network was particularly battered, further isolating what are already some of our most remote communities.
“That’s why we’re making a $100 million investment in Betterment projects for impacted communities, to ensure these Queenslanders are reconnected sooner when future disasters strike.”
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