Aug 07, 2020

Flood warning boost for 28 regional councils

Flood warning boost for 28 regional councils

Regional Queensland communities impacted by the 2019 monsoon floods will benefit from a $6 million investment in vital flood warning infrastructure.

It brings total warning network funding to $8 million under a wider $242 million joint state and Commonwealth Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements package.

The improvements will include rainfall and river level gauges, cameras and flood warning signage.

Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud said the additional funding was another important step towards a safer and more resilient north Queensland.

“The initial $2 million funded 36 flood warning projects across 16 of the most heavily impacted areas following last year’s monsoon trough,” Mr Littleproud said.

“This announcement will see more priority repairs and installations reach 28 impacted local government areas, from Torres Strait to Mackay.

“We want to better protect Queensland communities by ensuring they are well informed when there’s flood risk in their region.

“Since the devastating floods of 2011, Queensland has been at the forefront of disaster mitigation and resilience in Australia, and this investment further solidifies that position.”

The 28 Queensland councils to benefit from this investment include: Burke, Boulia, Burdekin, Carpentaria, Cairns, Cassowary, Charters Towers, Cloncurry, Cook, Croydon, Diamantina, Douglas, Etheridge, Flinders, Hinchinbrook, Lockhart River, Longreach, Mackay, Mapoon, Mareeba, McKinlay, Richmond, Pormpuraaw, Torres Strait, Townsville, Whitsunday, Winton and Wujal Wujal.