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    Minister for Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience
    The Honourable David Crisafulli

    Councils seek nearly $1 billion for better building

    Minister for Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience
    The Honourable David Crisafulli

    Sunday, April 28, 2013

    Councils seek nearly $1 billion for better building

    Flood affected Queensland councils have applied for nearly $1 billion worth of Betterment Fund projects to not just replace battered council assets but make them more flood resilient.

    Community Recovery and Resilience Minister David Crisafulli said applications from more than 48 councils proved the $80 million joint Federal/State fund fell well short of the mark.

    Mr Crisafulli vowed to continue lobbying the Gillard Government and Abbott Opposition to raise the Newman Government’s preferred $200 million funding pool.

    "The strong interest from councils has confirmed what I expected, which is that they have been frustrated going through the motions replacing “like-for-like” only to see it washed away the next time it floods," Mr Crisafulli said.

    "While you will never completely flood proof a state as big and diverse as Queensland, I know that stronger assets this time around will ensure the recovery bill will be reduced the next time disaster strikes.

    "The projects predominantly relate to stronger roads and drainage, but other infrastructure such as water and sewage treatment plants, bridges and culverts have also been forwarded.”

    Several councils also submitted additional requests totalling nearly $400 million to fund upgrades to State Government assets such as important Department of Transport and Main Roads’ thoroughfares.

    "While the Federal Government has ruled State assets ineligible, the submissions prove that in many cases councils see these as their number one priority," Mr Crisafulli said.

    "I’ll be working to convince the Federal Government to put these upgrades on the table."

    [ENDS] 28 April 2013

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