State commits $38 million to strengthen disaster resilience

Published: Comments:
Australian Government Emergency Information Environment Political Queensland Government Weather

This is an archived copy of an article. It is online for informational purposes only.

The Palaszczuk Government has announced a new $38 million fighting fund to strengthen the state’s resilience to future disasters and has called on the Commonwealth to match its commitment.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the $38 million Disaster Resilience Fund would support local governments, state agencies and non-government organisations with disaster mitigation projects.

“Queensland is the most disaster-impacted state in Australia, with $14 billion in damage to public infrastructure caused by more than 60 natural disasters over the past nine years,” the Premier said.

“Upfront investment doesn’t just protect regional communities, it saves all Queensland communities in the long run.

“We know that the best way to re-build after a natural disaster is to make things better than they were before.

“For instance, the cost of recovering from Cyclone Debbie was not as great as it might have been because of the $100M we invested making our infrastructure more resilient after Cyclones Oswald and Marcia.”

Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad said the State had been forced to act as the Federal Government had not funded any disaster mitigation and resilience initiatives in the recent Federal Budget.

“We have no commitment from the Federal Government to continue the Natural Disaster Resilience Program and no certainty around how natural disaster funding reforms will deliver funding for resilience,” the Deputy Premier said.

“The Commonwealth has promised a new national disaster funding model from the 1st of July, but are still yet to provide us with a final set of arrangements.

“Even if the reforms are passed, there is not likely to be any new funding for resilience activities delivered under the arrangements for at least three years.

“Queensland can’t wait that long to take action. The Disaster Resilience Fund we are establishing aims to bridge that gap.”

Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said the $38 million will fund local governments, state agencies and non-government organisations to deliver mitigation and resilience projects.

“The four-year funding package will be outlined in next month’s State Budget to ensure resilience work can get underway in parallel with disaster reconstruction works,” Minister Dick said.

“I call on the Federal Government to match us dollar for dollar in the Disaster Resilience Fund so Queensland can get on with the job of protecting our communities against future disasters.

“The Disaster Resilience Fund is an important step in making Queensland the most disaster resilient state in Australia.”

The Disaster Resilience Fund aligns with the aims of the Queensland Strategy for Disaster Resilience, which identifies a need for the state to invest in resilience and mitigation projects that:

address the state’s assessed natural disaster risks and the potential impacts of climate change;

  • align with locally led risk, vulnerability and capability assessments; and consider local and district priorities;
  • support communities to build resilience to future natural disaster events through education and awareness programs; and
  • protect existing essential public infrastructure from future natural disaster events.

Premier and Minister for Trade
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
The Honourable Jackie Trad
Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
The Honourable Cameron Dick

Annastacia Palaszczuk : Queensland Premier and Minister for Trade :
PO Box 15185, City East, Queensland 4002, Queensland Wide
07 3224 4500
Annastacia Palaszczuk : Queensland Premier and Minister for Trade
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
Gateway Upgrade North now complete 15 March 2019 | The $1.1 billion Gateway Upgrade North project is complete, with the official opening of the newly widened section of the Gateway Motorway held today. More information...
Palaszczuk Government, Tennis Queensland partnership wins in straight sets 24 March 2019 | An exciting new partnership will provide improved tennis facilities at Queensland state schools and give tennis enthusiasts from the wider community greater access to those facilities. More information...
Jobs growth continues in Queensland 21 March 2019 | Almost 185,000 jobs have been created in Queensland since January 2015, with 4000 new full time jobs being created in February. More information...
Sunshine Coast women encouraged to shape Queensland’s future 12 March 2019 | Around 130 women gathered on the Sunshine Coast today at the Inspire and Inform: The Premier’s Women on Boards event. More information...
Sunshine Coast subbies safeguarded under Palaszczuk Government reforms 12 March 2019 | Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni have met with subbies in Caloundra to discuss landmark building industry fairness reforms as part of the Governing from the... More information...
Mountain Creek State High’s new learning centre close to completion 11 March 2019 | Mountain Creek State High School’s new $16.4 million multi-storey senior learning centre – which has created 43 jobs - is on track to open next month as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s 2020 Ready Prog... More information...
PREMIER'S SPEECH - Brisbane International Women's Day Breakfast 06 March 2019 | I would like to acknowledge the United Nations for the tremendous work they do in empowering women and girls across the globe to access quality health services and education, and to help raise families out of... More information...
Multi-million-dollar line-up of events March into Brisbane 04 March 2019 | Five major events in the space of a month are set to inject more than $36 million into the Brisbane economy and attract hundreds of thousands of visitors. More information...
Regional Queenslanders continue to enjoy cheap power prices 28 February 2019 | Regional electricity consumers could see their power bills drop by $58 and small businesses by $180 next year - two years in a row of falling prices. More information...
Special Joint Taskforce to hunt dodgy builders 28 February 2019 | The Palaszczuk Government has today announced a Special Joint Taskforce to dig deeper into allegations of white-collar crime in the Queensland building industry. 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