Councils scramble for flood mitigation funds

QUEENSLAND councils have submitted a record number of applications in order to secure their piece of the funding pie available in the latest round of flood mitigation and resilience grants.

Bundaberg, Gympie, Livingstone, Lockyer Valley and Toowoomba Regional Councils all submitted applications for projects across their region.

Projects include flood mapping, flood monitoring cameras, storm water upgrades, better drainage solutions and levees.

Community Recovery and Resilience Minister David Crisafulli said on Thursday 174 applications had been received from councils across the state who are determined to better protect their communities from future floods.

He said the 174 applications were worth a combined total of nearly $547 million.

"We promised to work with local councils to roll out the biggest flood mitigation program in a generation," he said.

"The number of applications clearly shows councils are champing at the bit to take the necessary steps to protect their communities.

"Whatever the project, wherever the location, priority will be given to projects that are ready to go, offer good value for money and deliver lasting protection for locals."

The successful projects will be announced next month.

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