Gympie has received a huge boost for natural disaster awareness and resilience thanks to new grant funding.
Gympie has received a huge boost for natural disaster awareness and resilience thanks to new grant funding. Renee Pilcher

Funding a huge boost to disaster relief in Gympie

GYMPIE will be better prepared to deal with natural disasters thanks to more than $20,000 funding granted to them from the RACQ Get Ready Queensland program.

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said the grants were key to helping raise awareness about natural disasters, and what steps residents can take to strengthen their resilience to their effects.

"Severe weather is a fact of life in Queensland and education is the key to getting ready for whatever comes our way. Extreme weather doesn't just mean cyclones, floods and storms, we also face droughts and heat waves,” Ms Trad said.

"This year Gympie Regional Council will receive $23605.43 in Get Ready funding. Each region faces its own unique challenges during a natural disaster. That's why council staff on the ground tailor the strategy to meet the specific needs of each community.

Ms Trad said the program was designed to encourage people to consider what their plan was in case of a natural disaster, and to help them remain prepared by doing simple things like cleaning up around the house when severe weather was forecast.

The RACQ Get Ready Queensland campaign is a disaster preparedness and resilience building program which provides grants to 77 councils.

The total sum of the grants which are distributed is $2.1 million.

RACQ Get Ready Week runs from 10 - 16 October, 2016.

For more information contact your local council or go to: www.getready.qld.gov.au

Gympie Times


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