Flood fight fund wait ends soon
GYMPIE Regional Council is expected to know late next month how much it will receive of the $28million it has applied for from the Betterment Fund.
The fund is designed to help local councils make public infrastructure more flood resilient and is jointly funded by state and federal governments.
Mayor Ron Dyne said his council had applied for funding for about 120 sites; most of those are floodways across creeks and gullies that are damaged or washed away every time the region experiences a flood.
Some of the sites include Rossmore Rd and Oakey Creek Rd near Kilkivan, Harry's Creek Rd at Amamoor and Bryant Rd in the Mary Valley.
Forty-eight flood affected Queensland councils have applied for nearly $1billion worth of Betterment Fund projects to not just replace battered council assets but make them more flood resilient.
Community Recovery and Resilience Minister David Crisafulli said yesterday the number of applications proved the $80million joint federal/state fund fell well short of the mark.
Mr Crisafulli vowed to continue lobbying the Federal Government and Opposition to raise the Newman Government's preferred $200million funding pool.
"While you will never completely flood-proof a state as big and diverse as Queensland, I know that stronger assets this time around will ensure the recovery bill will be reduced the next time disaster strikes," he said.
The projects predominantly relate to stronger roads and drainage, but other infrastructure such as water and sewage treatment plants, bridges and culverts have been forwarded.