Queensland communities get a helping hand
Under a new funding package, the state of Queensland will be able to better prepare itself for the flooding that is common to Australia.
The $52 million joint State-Commonwealth Disaster Mitigation and Resilience funding package for the state announced June 17 should reassure Queensland locals about the future. Under the initiative, $12 million is being put forward to improve the resilience of communities all across Queensland to natural disasters, according to a government statement.
This will be especially important for regional and remote communities, which are typically more cut-off from the infrastructure essential to disaster relief.
This latest round of funding comes after a series of generous natural disaster funding agreements, said Commonwealth Minister for Justice Michael Keenan in a June 18 release. Over the last few years, Queensland has seen an injection of $5 billion for this purpose.
While Queensland has a lot going for it, the state's climate has often meant it is prone to floods. In fact, Queensland has experienced a significant flood event almost every year since 2010, a common concern for those who are buying a property in the Sunshine State.
Projects designed to help prepare communities
Although the nature and size of Australia's landscape meant natural disasters were simply a part of daily life in the country, the various state and commonwealth governments were committed to protecting communities from their effects, said Mr Keenan.
"Natural disasters have an enormous impact on our economy and cripple businesses and communities. These projects, led by state agencies, local councils, non-government organisations, volunteer organisations and researchers, are all designed to help communities better prepare and respond to natural disasters."
With these plans in place, first time buyers can feel certainty about the future when purchasing a home in Queensland's less populated areas and regions.
Communities see flood resilience improvements
At the same time that the funding package was announced, a number of communities in the state received news of specific upgrades to their flood resistance.
Toowoomba's CBD will see stormwater and drainage works worth $4.5 million to protect the local economy. The project would lower the risk of flooding in the Ruthven Street crossing from more than a 10 per cent chance a year to 1 per cent.
Other areas seeing improvements are Maryborough, whose CBD will gain a flood barrier, and the raising of a 140m section of River Road, a key supply route.