AN $80M funding announcement will change the way councils recover from natural disasters, according to Community Recovery minister David Crisafulli.
AN $80M funding announcement will change the way councils recover from natural disasters, according to Community Recovery minister David Crisafulli. Contributed

State Government announces $80M 'betterment' fund

AN $80M funding announcement will change the way councils recover from natural disasters, according to Community Recovery minister David Crisafulli.

Mr Crisafulli announced the $80 million state-wide "betterment" fund in Bundaberg this morning.

"This is the start of building stronger, more resilient infrastructure," he said.

"It's time to put an end to the madness of forcing councils to repeatedly replace the same infrastructure in the same place that will be knocked over again the next time it rains.

"We will never flood-proof a state like Queensland but we can rebuild in a better way that will make it easier for communities to bounce back after nature strikes."

Mr Crisafulli said instead of seeing things washed away time and time again, councils could start replacing flood damaged infrastructure such as bridges, roads and culverts to an improved standard that would last for a generation or more.

He said the State would match the Federal Government's $40 million betterment commitment, to create the $80 million fund, but more was needed.

"It falls well short of the $200 million fund we had asked for, so we'll continue to lobby the Federal Government for the shortfall," he said.

"Yes, it may cost a little more to do it right the first time, but it will not only save money in the long term, it will also allow communities to get back on their feet a lot faster."

Mr Crisafulli said Queensland needed another $60 million from the Federal Government, which the state would match. 

"We'll also push hard to have the restriction to only fund local government projects lifted so key state-owned infrastructure can also be improved," he said.

Council submissions are due by April 16.


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