New funding to help flood-proof Atherton community


Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed $150,000 in disaster resilience funding to help protect the Atherton community from the effects of flooding.

Senator Macdonald said the funding, part of the Federal Government’s $21million Natural Disaster Resilience Program, will enable Tablelands Regional Council to carry out a comprehensive, catchment wide flood mitigation study on the most effective way to prevent storm-water flooding in Atherton’s commercial centre.

“I am delighted to see the local council receive this funding support to carry out such important flood mitigation works in Atherton,” Senator Macdonald said.

“Particularly in regional areas, this funding support is critical to ensure local communities are well prepared to deal with the effects of natural disasters such as flooding.”

The study will cover the area between Robert, Edith and Lloyd Streets, Herberton Road and McConaghie Streets. It will include flood mapping, flood height modelling and modelling of mitigation solutions and will make recommendations in a final report.

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 mitigation funding for northern river systems, and vital equipment such as generators for the Croydon and McKinlay Shire Councils. 

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.

 

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