Scenic Rim receives funding for Christmas Creek disaster resilience project

CROSSING: Funds have been approved to replace this culvert on Christmas Creek Road, 33.12 kilometres from the Mount Lindesay Highway. Photo: Supplied
CROSSING: Funds have been approved to replace this culvert on Christmas Creek Road, 33.12 kilometres from the Mount Lindesay Highway. Photo: Supplied

SCENIC Rim Regional Council has received funding approval through Queensland’s 2017-18 Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Resilience Program for replacement of a culvert and further works on a Christmas Creek Crossing to prevent erosion.

The Christmas Creek approval was among seven southern Queensland projects to receive government funding.

Law enforcement and cyber security minister Angus Taylor, who has responsibility for Commonwealth disaster assistance, said the projects aim to reduce vulnerability to natural disasters and build community resilience.

“This funding supports projects that address specific local risks in our most vulnerable Queensland communities,” Mr Taylor said.

“These seven projects are among 72 projects state-wide that will share $14.3 million in funding grants for 2017-18.

“The funding has given communities the opportunity to go above and beyond the usual repair and restoration of roads and public infrastructure, and implement creative and effective initiatives that build stronger communities.”

Infrastructure and Planning minister Cameron Dick said more than $97 million in proposed NDRP funding submissions had been received for the 2017-18 program.

“As the most disaster impacted state in Australia, we have learned that disaster recovery and our efforts to be better prepared, more aware of our risks and more resilient to shocks and stresses are inextricably linked,” Mr Dick said.

“Increasing the resilience of Queensland communities to natural disasters not only reduces our risk, but also reduces future expenditure on restoration.

“This funding goes a long way to acknowledging the significance of greater public and private investment in disaster risk prevention and reduction.”

Successful projects in the region included the fitout of a new Dalby SES facility for volunteers in the Western Downs region and upgrades to the Christmas Creek Road Floodway in the Scenic Rim.

In addition, $992,462 has been approved for Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Australian Red Cross, Volunteering Queensland and Horizon Housing Company to deliver four state-based projects that will benefit communities across Queensland.

The 2017-18 Natural Disaster Resilience Program is administered by Queensland Reconstruction Authority, Australia’s only permanent disaster recovery agency.

More information on the program, the NSDR and QSDR can be found at: http://qldreconstruction.org.au/ndrp