Cyclone resilience boost for NQ homeowners

Cyclone resilience grants will be available to 95 per cent of North Queensland homeowners under

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LNP Deb Frecklington visited a construction site at Arana Drive, Rural View, Mackay, this week to announce her tradie boost program, which will also benefit NQ homeowners.

LNP Deb Frecklington visited a construction site at Arana Drive, Rural View, Mackay, this week to announce her tradie boost program, which will also benefit NQ homeowners.

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Cyclone resilience grants will be available for 95 per cent of North Queensland coastal homeowners under an elected LNP state government.

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CYCLONE resilience grants will be available for 95 per cent of North Queensland coastal homeowners under an elected LNP state government.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said coastal communities in the North would benefit from the $50 million program, with local tradies and homeowners the winners.

Grants of up to $15,000 would be made available to homeowners under the 'tradie boost' scheme, which aims to deliver local jobs, cyclone-proof North Queensland homes and in turn, help to lower insurance premiums.

All coastal regions which fall in the Wind Region C zone, from Bundaberg north to Thursday Island and west to the Northern Territory border, are included in the scheme.

Ms Frecklington said the LNP would contribute 75 per cent toward home resilience repair works, capped at $15,000 per house.

The program will be means tested with funding available for families who earn $250,000 a year or less, and singles earning $150,000 a year or less.

That equates to 95 per cent of North Queensland home owners in stipulated coastal areas being eligible for the grants.

It comes after the Bureau of Meteorology this week released it's 2020-21 cyclone season outlook, stating it would be more active than usual.

Up to four tropical cyclones are expected to form in the Coral Sea with at least one making landfall.

Ms Frecklington said the program would create 450 jobs in residential construction and put tradies on the front line to lead Queensland's economic recovery.

"We are looking to support local tradies to re-roof houses, install cyclone screens or shutters to protect windows from debris, upgrade gutters, upgrade garage doors and replace window seals," Ms Frecklington said.

"All of these measures make houses more resilient which reduces damage during a cyclone or major storm event and also reduces insurance premiums."

LNP Whitsunday candidate Amanda Camm said RACQ has estimated more resilient homes could lower insurance premiums by up to 20 per cent.

"Research from James Cook University has found that homes that are more resilient get less damage and insurance companies have said this will reduce insurance premiums," Ms Camm said.

"We know that properly constructed homes using the correct wind classification and to current codes and standards performed had performed well in the path of Severe Tropical Cyclone Larry, Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi and Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie."

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