Government Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed $60,000 in funding to help improve disaster response of regional communities across the state’s north-west.
Senator Macdonald said the funding, part of the Federal Government’s $21million Natural Disaster Resilience Program, will provide vital equipment including generators and a satellite phones for the Croydon and McKinlay Shire Councils, to ensure a reliable power and communication network in the event of a natural disaster.
“I am delighted to see these local councils receive this funding support to ensure residents living in these areas have access essential services during and in the aftermath of natural disasters,” Senator Macdonald said.
“Particularly in regional areas, this funding support is critical to ensure local communities can continue to function should they lose power or become isolated as a result of a natural disaster such as a bushfire or flooding.”
Croydon Shire Council will receive $31,500 towards the purchase of equipment including a 45 KVA mobile generator and five satellite phones, and a quick spray slip-on-firefighting and vector control unit.
McKinlay Shire Council will receive $27,632 for a generator to provide back up power supply for the Julia Creek Disaster Coordination Centre.
Across the Kennedy electorate, more than $600,000 in local resilience projects have been funded as part of the Natural Disaster Resilience Program this year, including flood mitigation funding for northern river systems and local communities.
Under the Program, the Australian Government’s contribution is matched by states and territories by additional funding or in-kind resources.
For further information in relation to the projects, refer to the Queensland Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning website at http://www.dilgp.qld.gov.au/grants-and-subsidies.