Townsville-based Government Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed funding of more than $300,000 to help improve the disaster resilience for communities in the Cloncurry and Richmond Shires.
Cloncurry Shire Council will receive $175,500 to construct an 85 metre long by 6 metre wide causeway on the Leichhardt River Crossing on the Kajabbi Road.
Richmond Shire will receive $144,000 to supply and install two new rainfall gauges and one rainfall and river level gauge to help improve forecast warning lead times for flash and riverine flooding of Flinders River at Richmond.
Senator Macdonald said it was great to see the funds being used to help these regional communities not only better prepare for local flooding events, but at the same time, create additional jobs during construction.
“Eight jobs will be created during construction of the causeway at Kajabbi, while an additional 6 jobs will be created for the duration of the project works in Richmond,” Senator Macdonald said.
“This is a win-win for these local communities – not only will the funding improve flood mitigation, access and response times, it will also create additional employment opportunities.”
Projects are jointly supported with the Commonwealth and Queensland State Government funding as part of the $52million national partnership agreement on natural disaster resilience.
Minister for Justice Michael Keenan, who has responsibility for disaster resilience, said while the nature and size of the country’s landscape meant that natural hazards were a fact of life in Australia, communities are stepping up efforts to manage natural disaster risks.
“Preparing for, withstanding and recovering from disasters is not something the Government can do alone – we need everyone in the community to get involved,” Mr Keenan said.
“This funding encourages a partnership approach to disaster resilience, with funding recipients helping to build a culture of shared responsibility with governments.”