FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch today welcomed $210,000 in disaster resilience funding to better prepare the Leichhardt community from the threat of natural disasters.
Mr Entsch said the funding will be provided to local councils and organisations under the Federal Government’s $21 million Natural Disaster Resilience Program.
Under the Program, the Australian Government’s contribution is matched by states and territories by additional funding or in kind resources.
“Natural disasters are a fact of life in Australia but they can have an enormous impact on our economy and cripple businesses and communities, especially in regional areas where people can be isolated for extended periods of time,” Mr Entsch said.
“This funding will help communities to be more resilient and better prepared to prevent and lessen the impact of future extreme weather events, whether cyclones, flooding or storm damage.”
Disaster resilience projects for Leichhardt include:
• $180,000 for the Cairns River Improvement Trust to stabilise the banks of the Lower Russell River to mitigate flooding and flood damage
• $30,000 for the Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council to provide a portable generator and back-up power connections for the Bamaga Local Disaster Coordination Centre
“The Australian Government is focused on boosting the resilience of communities so that they are better prepared for future events,” Mr Entsch said.
For further information in regard to the projects please refer to the Queensland Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning website at www.dilgp.qld.gov.au/grants-and-subsidies