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Cyclone cause millions of dollars – in some cases even billions- worth of damage. Image – Canva
  • $10.8 million in funds from the Federal Government
  • $8.3 million contributed by the Queensland Government
  • 14 local governments can apply for funding in both infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects

The $19.1 million Queensland Resilience and Risk Reduction Fund (QRRRF) is a joint Federal and Queensland Government initiative that seeks to help communities better prepare and reduce the risk of natural disasters.

The initiative is a part of the five-year National Partnership Agreement on Disaster Risk Reduction, with $10.8 million from the Federal Government and the remaining $8.3 million from Queensland Government.

$6 million of the Federal Government’s component includes $6 million specifically to the Managing Disaster Risk Fund which provides support to the 14 local governments hit the hardest by the 2019 North Queensland Monsoon Trough.

Infrastructure projects including roads, bridges, stormwater detention, floodways, major drains and monitoring systems are eligible.

Additionally, non-infrastructure projects such as education and capacity building programs for local volunteers are also eligible.

Projects specifically on private land – unless demonstrably for public benefit – are ineligible.

David Littleproud, the Federal Minister for Emergency Management, said the funding will support the region moving forward from the 2019 monsoon trough event which he said will be a long-term recovery.

“Queensland communities are well practiced in responding to natural disasters but it is important we work collaboratively to reduce risk and build resilience to these events,”

“Building resilience will bring better long-term outcomes for communities but it doesn’t happen overnight, which is why the Australian and Queensland Governments have made this commitment.”

David Littleproud, Federal Minister for Emergency Management

Steven Miles, the Queensland Deputy Premier, acknowledged many natural disasters have occurred in Queensland and communities that invest in resilient infrastructure often recover sooner from such events.

“Despite the challenges thrown our way, the Queensland Government’s commitment to supporting our communities as they recover and build a more resilient future hasn’t faltered.

“Queensland is a wide and diverse state where priorities are different for each and every community, which was evident in the 67 projects approved in last year’s QRRRF.”

Steven Miles, Deputy Premier

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