29/11/2016

$249,596 for natural disaster resilience in Noosa communities

Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien today said Commonwealth-State joint-funding of $249,596 will assist Noosa Council communities to build resilience to natural disasters.

“The funding will be used to provide more information about flood events and enable better planning to mitigate flooding,” Mr O’Brien said.

At Cooroy, Pomona and Kin Kin, $165,500 will enable Noosa Council to install flood gauges and river height stations to reduce the impact of flooding, through the collection and quantification of data, enhancing the ability to prepare for flood events. 

An additional $83,669 will be provided to Noosa Council study of the Six Mile Creek watercourse and floodplain to enable more comprehensive planning for disaster management planning.

“These communities have experienced flood events and this funding will help them to better prepare, respond and lessen the impact of natural disasters in the future,” Mr O’Brien said. 

“Local residents have seen the damage to homes, businesses and the community that flooding causes.  We need to take action to reduce the impact of such events to minimize the loss and destruction of property and risk to lives.

“This funding encourages a partnership approach to preparing for, withstanding and recovering from disasters, with responsibility shared between Federal, State and Local Governments.”

Projects are jointly supported with Commonwealth and Queensland State Government funding as part of the $52.2 million national partnership agreement on natural disaster resilience.