The Queensland Reconstruction Authority has opened expressions of interest from eligible councils and state agencies to build more resilient infrastructure in Northern Queensland.
The Federal and Queensland Governments have established a $100 million Betterment Fund to help communities impacted by the North and Far North Queensland Monsoon Trough. It is part of the jointly funded $242 million recovery package under the Commonwealth-Queensland Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.
Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud said the Federal and Queensland Governments announced the fund to enable councils and state agencies to rebuild key public infrastructure.
“Unfortunately these projects are often repaired just in time to be damaged again during the next weather event, making it harder for communities to build resilience and withstand natural disasters,” he said.
Littleproud said the Betterment Fund was created to break the cycle and enable councils and state agencies to build bridges, roads, floodways and other essential infrastructure to a more resilient standard.
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Queensland State Development Minister Cameron Dick said the Betterment Fund was the fourth to be established in Queensland, including a $41.85 million fund following Cyclone Debbie in 2017.
“The 2013, 2015 and 2017 Betterment programs have been a major success, with the majority of projects remaining operational and with little or no damage through subsequent disasters, avoiding millions of dollars in restoration costs,” Dick said.
“Not only is this the largest pool of funding approved for Betterment projects, it is also the first time funding will be available for both state and local government owned infrastructure.”
In addition to the $100 million Betterment Fund, eligible local governments can also submit expressions of interest under a $14.5 million Water and Sewerage Infrastructure Program to restore infrastructure damaged as a result of the monsoon.