Flood warning boost for North Qld

Flood resilience package for North Queensland following 2019 monsoon

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HIGHER GROUND: Calvin Gallagher helps to guide cattle to safety from Sawtell Creek about 20km from Normanton during the 2019 monsoon. Photo: Mick Gallagher.

HIGHER GROUND: Calvin Gallagher helps to guide cattle to safety from Sawtell Creek about 20km from Normanton during the 2019 monsoon. Photo: Mick Gallagher.

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North Queensland's flood warning systems will be boosted with $6 million to be spent on additional rainfall and river level gauges, cameras and signage.

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NORTH Queensland's flood warning systems will be boosted with $6 million to be spent on additional rainfall and river level gauges, cameras and signage.

A total of 28 local government areas impacted by the devastating 2019 monsoon will benefit from the projects.

The funding follows an initial $2 million in works, which funded 36 flood warning projects across 16 of the most heavily impacted areas from last year's flood.

Natural Disaster and Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud said the additional funding was another important step towards a safer and more resilient north Queensland.

"This announcement will see more priority repairs and installations reach 28 impacted local government areas, from Torres Strait to Mackay.

"We want to better protect Queensland communities by ensuring they are well informed when there's flood risk in their region.

"Since the devastating floods of 2011, Queensland has been at the forefront of disaster mitigation and resilience in Australia, and this investment further solidifies that position."

The funding is part of a joint state and Commonwealth $242 million package established under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements in response to the 2019 floods,

QRA Chair Major-General Stuart Smith AO, DSC (Retd) said the authority was pleased to roll out the program to impacted council areas.

"The improvements will include rainfall and river level gauges, cameras and flood warning signage," Mr Smith said.

"This aligns with the national standards the Bureau of Meteorology require and will deliver optimum catchment-based solutions across Queensland.

"QRA is committed to building resilience against future natural disaster events, including pandemics.

"These improvements will go a long way to helping make Queensland the most disaster-resilient state in the nation."

Queensland Treasurer and Minister responsible for the Queensland Reconstruction Authority Cameron Dick said infrastructure investment was central to the Queensland government's COVID economic recovery plan.

"These initiatives bring employment benefits in the short-term and provide significant value in the long-term by protecting Queenslanders and their communities," Mr Dick said.

"An estimated 25 jobs will be created in regional Queensland from this work, jobs which are really welcomed during this tough economic period.

"In the past 18 months our state has battled floods, bushfires, a pandemic, and the financial fallout from all those things.

"Investing in infrastructure like this flood warning network will keep driving our recovery efforts forward."

The 28 Queensland councils to benefit from the projects include Burke, Boulia, Burdekin, Carpentaria, Cairns, Cassowary, Charters Towers, Cloncurry, Cook, Croydon, Diamantina, Douglas, Etheridge, Flinders, Hinchinbrook, Lockhart River, Longreach, Mackay, Mapoon, Mareeba, McKinlay, Richmond, Pormpuraaw, Torres Strait, Townsville, Whitsunday, Winton and Wujal Wujal.

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