Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry has welcomed today’s joint Commonwealth-State funding announcement of more than $4 million for projects to assist the Rockhampton and Livingstone Shires better prepare for future natural disasters.
Ms Landry said Rockhampton will get $1.77 million and Livingstone Shire will get $3.83 million. The funding is jointly supported by Federal Turnbull-Joyce Government and Queensland Government as part of a $52.2 million national partnership agreement on natural disaster resilience.
“Sadly residents know all too well the detrimental effect of natural disasters that Mother Nature can dish out here,” Ms Landry said.
“Funding for local councils will help them become more resilient to future events.”
In Livingstone Shire the funds will be used for:
$3,352,500 to construction of a purpose built Local Disaster Coordination Centre.
$449,460 to increase the waterway flow area and flow velocities of Fig Tree Creek under the Appleton Drive Bridge.
$30,000 to develop a Community Engagement Program and mapping for community areas at risk of storm surges and tsunami.
In Rockhampton Shire the funds will be used for:
$870,000 to reconstruct, widen and provide a concrete floodway on Nine Mile Road
$900,000 to pave and seal 4.5 kilometres of gravel road, and reconstruct 2km of narrow sealed pavement on the Stanwell-Waroula Road.
“Natural disasters can have an enormous impact on our economy and cripple businesses and communities. Helping councils to better prepare will go some way to lessen the impact of future cyclones, bushfires and floods,” Ms Landry said.