More than $13 million is now available through the Queensland Resilience and Risk Reduction Fund (QRRRF) to help local communities better prepare for future disasters.
The funding is part of the Commonwealth and Queensland Government’s five-year commitment to improve safety and disaster resilience across the state, with investment of $4.8 million from the Commonwealth and $8.3 million from the Queensland Government.
Eligible applicants include local governments, Queensland Government departments and agencies, and incorporated not-for-profit-organisations.
Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said as Queensland was the most disaster-impacted state in Australia, it was important to work collaboratively to reduce risk and build resilience to these events.
“As a Central Queenslander, I have seen with my own eyes and heard firsthand from locals how tough it has been after a number of disaster events including floods, drought, and damaging bushfires and now the coronavirus pandemic,” Ms Landry said.
“This is why we have committed to partnering with the Queensland Government for the next five years to invest in stronger infrastructure and innovative initiatives to reduce the potentially devastating impacts of future natural disasters.”
The QRRRF is administered by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority.
Successful projects will support the objectives of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework and the Queensland Strategy for Disaster Resilience to reduce the risk and limit the impact of disasters.
Applications for the QRRRF close Wednesday 22 July. If successful, applicants are required to deliver their projects within two years.