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Grants help steel flood-affected NQ communities against future disasters

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

North Queensland communities affected by the 2019 flood event can apply for resilience and risk reduction grants that help reduce, mitigate and manage the risks of future disasters.

The Australian Government-funded ‘Managing Disaster Risk’ grants of up to $2 million each are exclusively earmarked for the 14 local government areas hardest hit by the 2019 North Queensland Monsoon Trough – Burke, Burdekin, Carpentaria, Charters Towers, Cloncurry, Douglas, Etheridge, Flinders, Hinchinbrook, McKinlay, Richmond, Townsville, Winton and Whitsundays.

These competitive grants, which opened today, are for locally-led projects that help the region better prepare for future disaster events. Examples could include improving the resilience and functionality of at-risk infrastructure and community assets such as roads and bridges.

The grants are managed by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority as part of the Queensland Resilience and Risk Reduction Fund.  The fund is a joint Australian and Queensland Government initiative to support safe and more resilient communities.

The total funding available under the ‘Managing Disaster Risk’ grants program is $12 million, with $6 million available in this round.

The program is part of the $58 million in Australian Government grants supporting the region’s ongoing recovery from the 2019 North Queensland flood event, and strengthened resilience against future economic hits.

Expressions of interest close 7 April 2021. Shortlisted applicants will be asked to provide a detailed application. Successful applicants will have until 30 June 2023 to deliver their projects.

For more information on how to apply, go to www.qra.qld.gov.au/qrrrf

Find out more about the region’s long-term recovery strategy and available grants here.

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