Funding to improve natural disaster resilience for Ingham

Townsville-based Government Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed funding of $275,000 to help improve the disaster resilience of the Ingham community.

Hinchinbrook Shire Council will receive the funding for the Palm Creek (Herbert Street-Eleanor Street) Flood Water Conveyance Improvement project.

Senator Macdonald said it was great to see the funds being used to help Ingham residents better respond to natural disasters, while at the same time creating 6 additional jobs during construction.

“This is a win-win for the Ingham community – not only will the funding improve flood mitigation for the Bruce Highway, it will also create additional employment opportunities,” Senator Macdonald said.

This funding will be used to excavate land within and adjacent to Palm Creek between Herbert and Eleanor Street to improve water flows and reduce flood water heights in Herbert Street and adjacent areas.

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.”

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