Jul 16, 2019

Western communities win $1.7m for disaster mitigation

Western communities win $1.7m for disaster mitigation

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

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