Fourteen projects across western Queensland will share in more than $1.7 million of disaster mitigation funding announced this week.
The projects will be funded in the region through Round 1 of the four-round $38 million Queensland Disaster Resilience Fund (QDRF).
Works include road and drainage improvements, switchboard upgrades, and the construction of new and replacement floodways, while emergency generators will be introduced at select disaster coordination centres.
State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Minister Cameron Dick said the funding would help communities throughout the western region invest in smart solutions before disaster strikes.
Projects approved in western Queensland include:
Balonne Shire Council -Disaster recovery, coordination and operational backup power supply
Blackall-Tambo Regional Council – Early warning river and rain network expansion, emergency generators for disaster coordination centres
Boulia Shire Council – Emergency generator for disaster coordination centre
Bulloo Shire Council -Burke and Wills Bridge approaches – reconstruction, road pavement and drainage improvements
Cloncurry Shire Council – Staging shed for community recovery activities, survival kit
Diamantina Shire Council – Birdsville Hall switchboard upgrade
Longreach Regional Council – Upgrading the existing Ilfracombe evacuation centre, disaster management coordination centre improvements
Maranoa Regional Council– Minor local drainage in Mitchell
Paroo Shire Council -Black Gate Road floodways
South West Queensland Local Government Association -regional disaster resilience officer
Winton Shire Council – Old Landsborough Highway, replace concrete floodway