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Boost to improve natural disaster resilience in Queensland



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The Hon Michael Keenan MP Minister for Justice

MEDIA RELEASE

18 June 2014

BOOST TO IMPROVE NATURAL DISASTER RESILIENCE IN QUEENSLAND

The Commonwealth Minister for Justice Michael Keenan today welcomed $52 million in joint State-Commonwealth Disaster Mitigation and Resilience Funding for Queensland.

This funding package includes $12 million under the Commonwealth’s Natural Disaster Resilience Program to boost natural disaster resilience in communities across Queensland.

Mr Keenan said while the nature and size of the country’s landscape meant that natural hazards were a fact of life in Australia, the Commonwealth was supporting communities in stepping up efforts to manage natural disaster risks.

“Natural disasters have an enormous impact on our economy and cripple businesses and communities. These projects, led by state agencies, local councils, non-government organisations, volunteer organisations and researchers, are all designed to help communities better prepare and respond to natural disasters.”

The $12 million to support projects in Queensland is part of the Commonwealth’s overall $52 million contribution nationally provided through the National Partnership Agreement to improve natural disaster resilience.

“This partnership encourages contributions from the State Government and I am pleased that this Commonwealth initiative has leveraged significant buy-in from Queensland,” Mr Keenan said.

“I look forward to announcing the successful funding recipients with the Minister for Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience David Crisafulli.”

“The Commonwealth Government is committed to important initiatives that grow resilience and these are supported by our natural disaster funding arrangements. Those funding arrangements have been at historically high levels with at least $5 billion to Queensland to assist with its recovery from disasters in recent years,” Mr Keenan said.

Media contact: Emily Broadbent 0400 390 008