Flood warning funds keep us safe

MOTORISTS in the Isaac Regional Council area will be better prepared to deal with flooding following the State Government's approval of $745,000 for the installation of flood warning systems at creek crossings on rural roads.

Local Government Minister Paul Lucas said Isaac Regional Council had received the cash injection as part of the Bligh Government's response to the Floods Commission of Inquiry Interim Report, tabled in Parliament on August 23.

"Tragically during the last floods in this region, a person lost their life and a number of other people's lives were endangered while attempting to cross flooded creeks," Mr Lucas said.

"This funding will enable council to install automated flood warning systems on nine rural roads to ensure motorists are aware of the status of crossings during future flood events.

"These warning systems will prevent people from attempting to cross flooded crossings and thereby ensure better safety and save lives.

"Council requested $745,360 and I'm happy to approve this amount so roads in the region will be safer during times of flooding."

Mr Lucas said 12 councils had received funding under the program.

"I'm pleased to say that councils who made submissions which met the guidelines received 100% funding," Mr Lucas said.

"That means Queensland councils have received $3.2 million in State Government funding for works to better prepare them for natural disasters like floods and cyclones.

"This is over and above the $2.7 billion councils are expected to receive as part of NDRRA arrangements between the State and Federal governmenst.

"While recovery is well under way and we're not expecting a repeat of last summer, this is about helping councils get back on their feet and making sure Queensland can be better prepared in the future when Mother Nature turns it on."

"This is about helping councils get back on their feet and making sure Queensland can be better prepared in the future when Mother Nature turns it on."

Paul Lucas


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