The next round of the Palaszczuk Government’s $70 million critical regional infrastructure fund will further help cyclone recovery on the Capricorn Coast 12 months after Cyclone Marcia.
The fund has been accelerated by six months to stimulate jobs and economic growth in regional Queensland, with applications to open on April 4.
The funding was part of the Queensland Government’s $200 million Building our Regions program to support jobs, foster economic development and improve liveability in regional communities.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Queensland Government approved $270 million in funding to local and state agencies to clean up and restore infrastructure damaged by TC Marcia.
The allocation included $20 million Betterment Fund for councils to build back roads, bridges and other public infrastructure.
In addition to Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangement (NDRRA) applications, 36 483 TC Marcia-related insurance claims were lodged at an estimated value of $518 million.
NDRRA funding is provided jointly by the Federal and State governments under a partnership agreement.
“Marcia devastated communities, businesses and families,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“A lot has been done to repair the damage, but a full recovery will depend upon a sustained effort. My Government is determined to work with you.”
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Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said the Palaszczuk Government was providing the Livingstone Shire Council with a $25 million contribution towards the Yeppoon foreshore and central business district revitalisation project.
One year on, the council has delivered about $8.7 million of its $22.5 million in TC Marcia-related works.
Under the $7 million category D special assistance grants, the Queensland Reconstruction Authority has approved $700 000 in assistance for the council to clean up and restore its beaches and $105 000 for the clean-up of green waste
Ms Lauga said $2 million from the Betterment Fund would be used to repair the Scenic Highway at Statue Bay from landslides. A further $11 million to meet the total project cost of $13 million is being funded through the NDRRA.
Cyclone Marcia fast facts:
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, with Queensland Reconstruction Authority assistance, assessed 1938 properties as damaged, including 667 properties as uninhabitable.
All regional ports including Abbot Point, Mackay, Gladstone, Bundaberg, Port Alma and Hay Point were closed, bringing shipping and associated industries to a standstill.
More than 100 schools were closed, four passenger and two freight rail lines were closed and services such as the Rockhampton Tilt Train and the Inlander were disrupted.
The Queensland Government also approved:
- more than $14.7 million for personal hardship and essential services grants to help people meet their immediate needs (medical, food and clothing) and rebuild
- more than 41,000 food vouchers at a total cost of about $7.8 million were distributed. Grants were for $200 per person (up to $1000 per family)
- $12 million in assistance for primary producers, small business and not-for-profits
- special assistance grants totalling $7 million to clean up green waste ($1 million) and restore recreational facilities ($6 million)
- an NDRRA Category C Community Recovery Fund of $5 million continues to help restore social networks and community functioning in the Rockhampton, Livingstone, Banana, North Burnett and Gladstone (part) local government areas by providing counselling, personal support and mental health services.