Funding for Queensland councils to Get Ready for future disasters

Published:

Queensland’s 77 councils and one town authority will share in $2 million to help their communities prepare for future disasters and severe weather as part of the 2020-21 Get Ready Queensland program.

Queensland Treasurer and Minister responsible for the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) Cameron Dick said it was vital Queenslanders were prepared for and protected against natural disasters.

“In the past decade Queensland had been impacted by more than 80 significant natural disaster events, leading to a reconstruction and recovery program of over $16 billion,” Mr Dick said.

“Experience has shown us though that communities well prepared prior to a disaster are more resilient and able to recover faster. That’s why our Get Ready Queensland disaster preparedness program is in place.

“Councils can use their Get Ready Queensland grants for a wide range of initiatives and resources, including online disaster dashboards, first aids kits, flood warning signs, community engagement activities, and advertising campaigns.

“They can also work collaboratively, like six north-west Queensland councils in 2019 that pooled their funding to deliver localised online resources for their region.”

Get Ready Queensland Ambassador Johnathan Thurston said the grants will help communities statewide better prepare for, respond to and build resilience to disasters.

“Queenslanders are all too familiar with disasters, including recent experience with catastrophic bushfires in the past two years as well as the monsoon trough flooding in Townsville and many other parts of the state last year,” Mr Thurston said.

“We also know disasters can take us by surprise, so we need to plan for the unexpected because it’s not a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’ Queensland will experience its next extreme weather event.

“The Get Ready Queensland program encourages all Queenslanders to take steps now to protect what’s most important to them.

“This funding will help councils raise awareness and build resilience in their own communities.”

The 2020-21 Get Ready Queensland program is administered by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority as part of its mission to make Queensland the most disaster resilient state in Australia.

For more information on Get Ready Queensland visit getready.qld.gov.au.

Treasurer, Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
The Honourable Cameron Dick

 
Environment Other Local Government Political Queensland Government Weather
Social:   

Cameron Dick, Queensland Government, Treasurer, Minister for Infrastructure and Planning :
1 William Street, Brisbane Qld 4000, Queensland Wide
Cameron Dick, Queensland Government,  Treasurer, Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
New savings measures for Queensland 09 July 2020 | The Palaszczuk Government will implement $3 billion worth of savings measures. More information...
Future fund strengthened to support jobs and protect public assets from LNP sell off 09 July 2020 | Queensland’s Future Fund will deliver tough new anti‑privatisation protections to ensure Queensland’s strategic assets are kept in public hands, as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s plan to reduce debt... More information...
Have your say on reducing planning red tape for COVID economic recovery 08 July 2020 | The Palaszczuk Government’s ongoing rollout of its economic recovery plan, Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs, will be boosted by more planning red tape reduction measures. More information...
Planning law changes to keep projects moving and Queenslanders in jobs 06 July 2020 | Changes to Queensland’s planning laws will allow job-creating infrastructure projects to keep progressing across the state during the COVID-19 pandemic. More information...
App helps Queensland councils get REDI for the next disaster 06 July 2020 | Against the backdrop of the harshest global economic conditions faced in a lifetime, an innovative mapping application has been built to help Queensland councils make more informed infrastructure investment... More information...
Land tax relief extended for four months 30 June 2020 | Treasurer Cameron Dick has confirmed the application deadline for the Palaszczuk Government’s land tax rebate will be extended for a further four months to help COVID-affected Queensland businesses Unite and... More information...
Virgin to remain Queensland's national airline 26 June 2020 | Virgin Australia will remain the national carrier of Queensland after Queensland fended off attempts from other states to attract the airline. More information...
New online game helps Queensland kids get disaster ready 26 June 2020 | The Get Ready Queensland Challenge, a new educational game to help Queensland children and their families prepare for future disasters and severe weather, is now available online. More information...
Funding for Queensland councils to Get Ready for future disasters 19 June 2020 | Queensland’s 77 councils and one town authority will share in $2 million to help their communities prepare for future disasters and severe weather as part of the 2020-21 Get Ready Queensland program. More information...
Queensland well placed to build the nation into economic recovery 16 June 2020 | Queensland is open for business and is the place to invest and build as the nation looks to recover from the COVID-19 economic crisis. More information...


comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service