Improvements to roads and public infrastructure will continue to be rolled out across the state thanks to the 2017 Betterment Fund, which aims to increase Queensland communities’ resilience to natural disasters.
Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said the $41.85 million fund has now been allocated to 83 projects across 22 Queensland councils under the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).
“The Betterment Fund will not only ensure roads and public infrastructure are repaired and accessible soon after severe weather events, but it will also ensure they are built back stronger and more disaster resilient,” Mr Dick said.
“Improving disaster resilience in public assets will help affected communities to get back on their feet sooner following severe weather events.”
Mr Dick said the 2017 Betterment Fund was a great example of all levels of Government working together to improve the resilience of Queensland communities.
“Queensland has successfully managed the delivery of $100 million in Betterment Funding following natural disasters in 2013 and 2015 in partnership with the Commonwealth. We are proud to provide more communities with the resources needed to build stronger, more resilient infrastructure,” Mr Dick said.
“In this final round of Betterment funding, approved projects include restoration works on roads, culverts and floodways damaged as a result of Cyclone Debbie to improve accessibility and help reduce injuries and fatalities from natural disasters.”
For more information on the 2017 Betterment program and other Category D funding associated with Tropical Cyclone Debbie, see here.
Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
The Honourable Cameron Dick