Flood recovery

After the flood: A strategy for long-term recovery is a blueprint for a prosperous and secure future for North and North-West Queensland.

It’s the Australian Government’s commitment to supporting the continued recovery from the 2019 North Queensland flood event.

The National Drought and North Queensland Flood Response and Recovery Agency has worked with communities since mid-2019 to develop a strategy that was ‘locally led, locally understood, locally implemented.’

This strategy was developed with the people of the North and North-West, for the people of the North and North-West.

The Strategy will be used by government and non-government organisations, working together, to make North and North-West Queensland’s future strong and sustainable.

The vision:  a strong and prosperous future

This strategy reflects what people have told us matters to them, a resilient future in which:

Five pillars towards a prosperous future

Through 5 strategic priority areas, the strategy will guide investment in actions that support the long-term recovery and prosperity of affected communities, strengthen their preparedness for future challenges, and help the regions adapt and transform in an every-changing environment.

They are the culmination of many hours of community consultation and research.

For examples of how people, businesses and communities are already working towards these strategic priorities, visit our Stories from the Region page.

What’s next

It is critical that local voices remain at the centre of the plans and actions that come out of this strategy.

As we have done from the moment we were established, the Drought and Flood Agency will continue working with affected communities to achieve their vision for a strong and prosperous future.

To kick-start the implementation of the Strategy, the Australian Government is providing a $58 million package. This includes:

  • $15 million to improve access to reliable and affordable telecommunications and energy services;
  • $12 million to improve disaster risk planning and support disaster risk mitigation activities;
  • $9 million for projects that support and grow emerging and existing industries and supply chains to generate economic and employment opportunities;
  • $2 million to support the mental wellbeing of young people; and
  • $20 million for recovery and resilience grants.

The Agency will also establish two Implementation Working Groups - one in the North East and one in the North West.

Download the Strategy document and Action Statement below

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