During the extensive consultations Agency staff undertook with communities affected by the 2019 North Queensland flood event, we were often told that reliable and resilient connectivity and electricity are critical to assist ongoing recovery, support businesses and families, and to help communities better prepare for future natural disasters.
The Agency has responded to this need, working with the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) to deliver the North Queensland Telecommunications and Energy Improvement Grants – a $15 million Australian Government grants program specifically for the 14 Local Government Areas hardest hit by the event.
Between $10,000 and $1 million is available per grant for projects that upgrade existing technologies or trial and adapt new technologies to provide essential services in two streams – telecommunications and energy.
The projects need to demonstrate how they’ll create jobs, help local businesses and improve both the reliability and affordability of services.
In addition to providing immediate benefits, the projects should also assist the region to minimise the impacts of a natural disaster.
Applicants will need to make a financial or in-kind contribution.
The grants are part of a $58 million package underpinning the locally-led long term recovery strategy, which the Agency developed with and for North East and North West Queensland.
Application details including grant guidelines are available on the QRIDA website.
You’ll find further information on the Strategy and the Australian Government’s $58 million recovery and resilience package here.