Senator welcomes funds for flood mitigation for northern waterways


Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has welcome more than $400,000 in funding for a number of flood mitigation projects for northern river systems.

Senator Macdonald said the funding, part of the Federal Government’s $21 million Natural Disaster Resilience Program, will be shared by the Herbert River Improvement Trust, Cassowary Coast River Trust and the Cairns River Improvement Trust for restorative works that will improve resilience to local flooding events.

“I’m really pleased to see these local groups share this funding in order to continue their important maintenance and restorative works on our local creeks and river systems,” Senator Macdonald said.

“As we head into the wet season, it is vital to ensure we’ve done all we can to protect our local environment from the often disastrous effect of localised flooding.”

Under the Program, the Australian Government’s contribution is matched by states and territories by additional funding or in-kind resources.

Disaster Resilience Projects for Kennedy include:

Project Recipient

Funding Amount

Project Title

Cairns River Improvement Trust

$180,000

Lower Russell River bank stabilisation to mitigate flooding and flood damage

Cassowary Coast River Improvement Trust  

$90,000

Tully River and Tributaries - Bank stabilisation to prevent flood damage

Cassowary Coast River Improvement Trust  

$72,000

Liverpool Creek and Moresby River - Bank stabilisation and realignment to prevent flood damage

Herbert River Improvement Trust

$90,000

Herbert River at Halifax Washaway - Flood mitigation for community, public and Industry infrastructure

 

Senator Macdonald said the Australian Government is focused on boosting the resilience of communities so that they are better prepared for future events.

For further information in regard to the projects please 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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