Cash for bushfire workshops

Eilish Massie

Gladstone Regional Council was awarded $30,000 to host workshops to help landowners prepare for bushfire season.

Council was awarded the funds to spend on Property Fire Management Planning Workshops courtesy of the latest $19 million round of Queensland Resilience and Risk Reduction Fund.

The funding accommodates for 82 projects across both QRRRF and Managing Disaster Risk approved for 67 organisations, including councils, state agencies, universities and not-for-profit organisations.

Minister for Emergency Management Senator Bridget McKenzie said projects were chosen to assist communities to deal with future natural disasters, with a significant proportion going to remote communities.

Investing in risk reduction and mitigation better prepares communities and reduces the loss and suffering by communities that feel the full brunt of these extreme weather events.

“The 82 projects include extensive road, floodway and levee upgrades, flood and river studies, and disaster management workshops across Queensland,” Minister McKenzie said.

“The projects funded under Managing Disaster Risk are intended to provide continued support across the areas impacted by the 2019 monsoon trough.

“Key projects include upgrades to Gemoka Drive and Pattel Drive in Richmond Shire Council, floodway and pavement improvements to Dalgonally Road in McKinlay Shire Council and upgrades to stormwater drainage in Burdekin Shire Council.

“Funding is also being made available to support the wellbeing of Queenslanders impacted by natural disasters, acknowledging the impact these events have on communities, not only in the immediate aftermath of the event, but in the medium and long term recovery phases as well.”

Queensland Deputy Premier and Queensland Reconstruction Authority Minister Steven Miles said QRRRF projects would help make communities more resilient to future natural disasters.

“In Queensland, we are well versed in dealing with and responding to natural disasters and other severe weather events. This past year saw 50 of our 77 local government areas impacted by 11 natural disasters,” Mr Miles said.