People with first-hand experience of the widespread and destructive monsoon trough that wreaked havoc in North Queensland in early 2019 continue to guide the Australian Government’s support for their recovery.
Two Implementation Working Groups – one for the North-West, and one for the North-East – have met for the first time to map out the next steps in the recovery, in line with the long-term strategy developed by the National Drought and North Queensland Flood Response and Recovery Agency in partnership with communities affected by the event.
The working groups are comprised of community, government and non-government representatives with a direct connection to the recovering communities. They ensure local voices remain central to the strategy’s implementation and have been tasked with identifying priorities and developing strategies to implement them.
In their first meetings, IWG members identified opportunities that align with the strategy’s five strategic pillars, from emerging industries, using technology to improve business efficiency and ways to boost regional tourism. They agreed that investing in reliable regional telecommunications and supporting the longer-term maintenance of infrastructure were high priorities.
The groups will meet early next year to expand on these ideas.
You’ll find more information on the Implementation Working Groups here: www.droughtandflood.gov.au/locally-led-implementation
You can read After the flood: A strategy for long-term recovery here: www.droughtandflood.gov.au/flood-recovery