News

More money for flood recovery

FLOOD RELIEF ANNOUNCED: Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard witnessed the Devastation of Australia Day floods, and has today announced further funding for those affected.
FLOOD RELIEF ANNOUNCED: Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard witnessed the Devastation of Australia Day floods, and has today announced further funding for those affected. Max Fleet

MORE flood recovery money was announced by Prime Minister Julia Gillard this morning.

A $45 million support package will target the worst hit areas and is part of a broader flood relief package that includes specialised assistance to aid clean-up efforts, community recovery initiatives, impacted businesses, primary producers, and day labour costs. 

The North Burnett has been allocated a standalone community recovery package of $5 million to roll out mental health services, community events and facilities designed to help the community heal together.

A further $40 million will be contributed toward a Betterment Fund that will rebuild council-owned roads and assets so they are more flood proof.

Under the fund, projects to improve drainage, strengthen road sealings, and stabilise slopes and shoulders will improve the resilience of council-owned roads to withstand flood events.

CEO of the Insurance Council of Australia Rob Whelan said the commitment was a significant financial step towards protecting the viability and sustainability of many flood-prone communities.

"The announcement today will ensure that at-risk Australian communities will be better protected in the future from the devastating effects of floods," he said.

A statement released today said this new package was an addition to the support already being provided under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements, which are jointly funded by the Australian Government and the states.

Under those arrangements, it says, the Commonwealth will meet 75% of the costs for restoration of essential public assets - the single largest expense to get communities back on their feet.

But Community Recovery and Resilience Minister David Crisafulli said this was less than half the amount of money Queensland needed to get back on its feet.

Mr Crisafulli said the Queensland Government had asked the Federal Government to match the $140 million for flood security and resilience as a minimum to help recover.

South Burnett

Topics:  flood 2013, julia gillard, north burnett




Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Did Federal Budget forget about Queensland?

Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt says we've been forgotten.

Queensland short-changed by at least $1 billion in federal budget

Morrison slates $200m for Ipswich Motorway upgrade

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale is urging the Federal Government to complete the Ipswich Motorway upgrade between Darra and Rocklea. Looking east to Oxley from Harcourt Road, Darra. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

Treasurer commits $200m to upgrade Darra to Rocklea motorway stretch

Budget 2016: Upper-middle Aussie will get the rewards

Smokers will be hit with hefty increases in taxes over the next four years.

Small businesses and big earners to get tax cuts

Latest deals and offers

ACF take Minister to Court

ACF chief executive Kelly O'Shanassy

The Australian Conservation Foundation go to court to stop Carmichael mine.

Dash Cam: Roo takes on car

Kangaroo leaps car.

Kangaroo could have kept going, jumps car instead.

Man allegedly reaches 182kmh

A REDBANK Plains man has been charged for dangerous driving and a number of other serious offences after allegedly reaching speeds of 182kmh on the Ipswich Motorway.

A REDBANK Plains man has been charged for dangerous driving and a number of other...

Demand for acreage lots pushes up property prices

Property values in Cooroy have increased 25%

Property values jump in Cooroy and Peachester.

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog

RBA warns of future apartment oversupply

Toowoomba: Crest Apartments and Burke & Wills, Ruthven Street ( view from Neil Street) Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

RBA says oversupply of apartments poses risk to household finances