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Maranoa shares flood protection funding.



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JOINT MEDIA RELEASE

Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government Wilson Tuckey MP

Federal Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott

29 NOVEMBER 2002

Maranoa shares flood protection funding Maranoa will benefit from Federal Government flood mitigation funding of over $350,000 under the Coalition Government’s Regional Flood Mitigation Programme, Federal Member for Maranoa, Bruce Scott announced today.

The following Commonwealth funding has been approved: • Murweh Shire Council - West Creek Flood Mitigation Strategy ($300,000) • Goondiwindi Town Council - flood pumps ($30,000) • Paroo Shire Council - Cunnamulla Town levee bank improvements ($16,363) • Stanthorpe Shire Council - Voluntary Purchase, Quart Pot Creek ($10,000)

Mr Scott said this contribution is part of more than $3.3 million Commonwealth funding for Queensland under the Regional Flood Mitigation Programme in 2002 -2003. It takes to more than $10.2 million the amount committed to the state since the programme commenced in 1999 - 2000.

“This funding will be a great benefit to Councils in their effort to reduce the impact of flooding,” Mr Scott said.

“These projects will pay dividends to the whole community. This work, along with other flood mitigation works underway around Queensland, is an excellent example of the three spheres of government working in partnership to reduce the disastrous impact of flooding.

“Whether or not a particular family or property is directly affected by flooding event, our communities as a whole are, and that affects us all in terms of infrastructure, business and employment,” Mr Scott said.

Federal Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government, Mr Wilson Tuckey said flooding over recent years had caused major set backs in many regional and rural communities in Queensland.

“It is estimated that flooding in Australia has an annual cost of more than $300 million. On top of that is the personal and emotional impact that families and communities experience.”

For more information on the Regional Flood Mitigation Programme call (02) 6274 8093 or click on: www.dotars.gov.au/regional/rfmp/index.htm