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Targeted support for Wide Bay - Burnett region to assist long-term community wellbeing and recovery



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Targeted support for Wide Bay - Burnett region to assist long-term community wellbeing and recovery 24 May 2011 DAFF11/163LJ

Joint media release Premier of Queensland the Hon. Anna Bligh MP Minister Assisting the Attorney-General on Queensland Floods Recovery, Minster for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator for Queensland the Hon. Joe Ludwig

Communities in Wide Bay—Burnett region will benefit from additional support for development health and wellbeing as part of the on-going support for Queensland following the summer of natural disasters.

Premier and Reconstruction Minister, Anna Bligh, and Minister Assisting the Attorney-General on Queensland Floods Recovery, Senator Joe Ludwig, today announced that councils in Wide Bay—Burnett region would receive new funding as part of the $20 million Community Development and Recovery Package.

The Wide Bay—Burnett region councils will receive <$1.05million> in funding for grants to the council for local disaster-related projects.

Wide Bay—Burnett region councils to receive funding are:

É Bundaberg Regional Council — $250,000 É Fraser Coast Regional Council — $150,000 É North Burnett Regional Council — $250,000 É South Burnett Regional Council — $250,000 É Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council — $150,000

The funding is for the provision of grants for disaster-related projects. This could include public memorials, anniversary events, community events and festivals, and community education and information about disaster preparedness.

The grants to local councils allow for communities to build their own disaster-related events, services and projects.

People in disaster-affected areas need support to settle their recovery needs and help them prepare for any future disasters.

The funding across all councils will ensure that communities are able to plan effectively for future disasters.”

Under the Disaster Management Act 2003, local governments across Queensland are required to prepare a local disaster management plan.

“We are making these funds available to councils, so the projects the community supports can be included in their plans,” Premier Bligh said.

“The natural disasters have disrupted and, in some cases, devastated the lives of many individuals and families. This funding package will help those people as they rebuild both their lives and their communities.”