Palaszczuk sup­ports Mitchell

The Western Star - - News -

MITCHELL will re­ceive a drainage up­grade af­ter the Palaszczuk Govern­ment an­nounced 10 lo­cal coun­cils will share more than $1.7 mil­lion of dis­as­ter mit­i­ga­tion fund­ing.

Mara­noa Re­gional Coun­cil came in the crosshairs af­ter the state govern­ment tar­geted com­mu­ni­ties across west­ern Queens­land to be­come more re­silient to nat­u­ral dis­as­ters.

As a re­sult, mi­nor lo­cal drainage im­prove­ment will com­mence in Mitchell.

A to­tal of 14 projects will be funded in the re­gion through Round 1 of the four-round $38 mil­lion Queens­land Dis­as­ter Re­silience Fund.

Min­is­ter for State De­vel­op­ment, Man­u­fac­tur­ing, In­fra­struc­ture and Plan­ning Cameron Dick said Queens­lan­ders are no strangers to nat­u­ral dis­as­ters.

“With this fund­ing, com­mu­ni­ties through­out our west­ern re­gion will be able to in­vest in smart so­lu­tions be­fore dis­as­ter strikes,” Mr Dick said.

“Queens­land has just emerged from one of the most de­struc­tive weather pe­ri­ods in its his­tory, with 11 dis­as­ter events over six months im­pact­ing 61 of our 77 coun­cils.

“By in­creas­ing our state’s dis­as­ter re­silience we’re not only pro­tect­ing our com­mu­ni­ties from dam­age and re­duc­ing fu­ture restora­tion costs, we’re also im­prov­ing pub­lic safety.”

The QDRF will be de­liv­ered an­nu­ally across four rounds as Queens­land works to­wards be­com­ing the most dis­as­ter-re­silient state in Aus­tralia.

Works in­clude road and drainage im­prove­ments, switch­board up­grades, and the con­struc­tion of new and re­place­ment flood­ways, while emer­gency gen­er­a­tors will be in­tro­duced at se­lect dis­as­ter co­or­di­na­tion cen­tres.

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