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    Deputy Premier, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade and Investment
    The Honourable Jackie Trad

    $66 million for local councils to boost resilience and improve community infrastructure

    Deputy Premier, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade and Investment
    The Honourable Jackie Trad

    Tuesday, June 14, 2016

    $66 million for local councils to boost resilience and improve community infrastructure

    Councils across Queensland will be better prepared to face natural disasters and build and upgrade vital infrastructure with $66.6 million allocated in the 2016-17 State Budget.

    The Palaszczuk Government has continued its commitment to a number of local government infrastructure programs including $10 million for the Community Resilience Fund, to help councils mitigate against natural disasters, and $28.3 million for the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program to progress shovel ready community infrastructure.

    Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad said continued investment in the Community Resilience Fund would allow local governments to protect existing infrastructure, help communities become more resilient and reduce future expenditure on asset restoration after a disaster event.

    “For the second year in a row, the Community Resilience Fund delivers on the Palaszczuk Government’s election commitment to support local governments to deliver disaster mitigation infrastructure and reduce their community’s vulnerability to natural disasters,” Ms Trad said.

    “Over the past year our Government has committed to funding 48 projects through this Program including floodgates, diversion channels and upgrades to cyclone shelters totalling $30 million, to build resilience and minimise the impact of natural disasters on infrastructure.

    “To further support councils, a contribution to match State funds has already been sought from the Federal Government, so that Queensland can meet its obligations under the National Strategy for disaster resilience.

    “Queensland experiences more natural disasters than any other State or Territory. To keep Queenslanders safe and reduce the impact to our roads, buildings and utilities, we need all levels of government to support community preparedness and build disaster resilience.”

    Eligible projects funded under the Community Resilience Fund include those which address urban flood and cyclone mitigation infrastructure gaps such as levees, detention basins, stormwater systems and shelters and projects which identify and address bushfire mitigation risk strategies across the Queensland.

    Ms Trad said councils would also be able to benefit from $28.3 million in grants for shovel-ready projects that would keep jobs in regional areas, and support economic growth, innovation and community development.

    “All 77 local governments are eligible to apply for this funding that not only assists with the capital costs of infrastructure but creates jobs and contributes to building safe, caring and connected communities,” Ms Trad said.

    Eligible projects that can be funded under the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program include water infrastructure, town centre rejuvenation and watering stations at stock points in drought declared areas.

    The 2016-17 State Budget allocates critical funding to support councils deliver the infrastructure which will strengthen their communities:

    • $10 million in 2016-17 for the Community Resilience Fund.
    • $28.3 million for the 2016-17 funding round for the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program for shovel-ready projects to build vital community infrastructure.
    • $15 million over four years for the Major Infrastructure Program to deliver new and upgraded water and waste water services to Torres Strait communities. The funds will also deliver water infrastructure for new homes and dust mitigation in the community.
    • $12 million over two years for the Natural Disaster Resilience Program. The program will deliver a total of $24 million with matching funding from the Federal Government.
    • $1.3 million over four years to the Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council to improve water security for the Cape York communities.

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