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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Treasurer and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Tim Nicholls
    Minister for Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience
    The Honourable David Crisafulli

    $4.2 billion for flood recovery

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Treasurer and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Tim Nicholls

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

    Tuesday, June 04, 2013

    $4.2 billion for flood recovery

    The Newman Government has allocated $4.2 billion in the 2013-14 State Budget to rebuild Queensland after this year’s floods, with $2.1 billion of that going to road reconstruction.

    Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience Minister David Crisafulli said the funds would flow from the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) allocation, which is funded jointly with the Federal Government.

    “The cost to Queenslanders is enormous, whether or not they were affected by the floods,” Mr Crisafulli said.

    “This isn’t State or Federal Government money - it’s Queenslanders’ money.”

    Mr Crisafulli said the $4.2 billion would be spent on rebuilding, and the State had lobbied the Federal Government hard for extra funding to allow councils to replace damaged infrastructure with more resilient structures.

    Treasurer and Minister for Trade Tim Nicholls said Queensland had asked the Federal Government for a joint $200 million Betterment Fund, but the Federal Government had only offered $40 million.

    “The current $80 million Betterment Fund, jointly funded by the State and Federal Governments, will have to deliver maximum value for money,” Mr Nicholls said.

    “We believe the best results will come about through the department and councils working closely together to identify and jointly deliver council assets that can better withstand natural disasters, which is what Queenslanders deserve.” 

    Mr Crisafulli said the 2013-14 State Budget would foster rebuilding and resilience in a responsible way to provide the most effective use of available funds.

    “Councils make the most informed decisions about their communities’ priorities,” he said.

    “We’ll be working towards local government facilitating the recovery and growth that Queensland needs without growing the bureaucracy.”

    In 2013-14 the Newman Government will also spend $149.7 million in grants and subsidies to enable councils to carry out new projects, as well as major upgrades to water and sewerage infrastructure.

    Mr Crisafulli said the department, which was expanded in February from Local Government to include Community Recovery and Resilience because of the floods, was concentrating on recovery and improving the State’s resilience to future natural disasters.

    “Councils need the authority and ability to deliver growth, recovery and more durable infrastructure, and our job is to support them.”

    Over the period 2012-13 to 2014-15 the State will spend a total of $9.3 billion on reconstruction.

    [ENDS] 4 June 2013

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