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Queensland is subject to a range of natural disasters – including bushfires. Image – Canva.
  • NRM Regions is a network of land management organisations throughout Queensland
  • Federal Gov recently announced a new disaster agency
  • Chair of NRM looks forward to collaborating with the new agency

NRM Regions Queensland, a network of Queensland land management organisations, has welcomed the Federal Government’s new funding and stronger coordination of disaster recovery responses in Australia.

The Federal Government has announced a new disaster agency along with a proposed $10 billion reinsurance scheme for cyclonic-related disasters in Northern Australia.

NRM represents 26 regional and remote locations that are collectively impacted by cyclones, fires, flood and drought.

Julie Boyd, the chair of NRM Regions Queensland, said the organisation is well-placed to respond to the needs of the community and well work collaboratively with the new agency.

“Our 12 member organisations have been working face-to-face with Queensland’s regional communities for more than two decades,” said Ms Boyd.

“We’re working on the ground with the people who grow our food to make their enterprises more resilient to disasters and to support sustainable farming.”

Julie Boyd, NRM Regions Queensland

In particular, the Federal Government’s announcement included a $45 million investment in disaster recovery personnel training to better prepare regional communities for hazards deemed high risk.

“In Queensland, regional and remote communities have come together to develop strategic plans that identify priorities for managing natural resources. Many of these plans and aspirations are both impacted by natural disasters and document strategies to make communities more resilient.”

Ms Boyd added her congratulations to Shane Stone, appointed as the head of the new National Recovery and Resilience Agency. Ms Boyd said she will be seeking a meeting with him soon to identify ways the NRM groups can facilitate the roll-out of disaster resilience and recovery resources across the state.

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