Qld seeks $1B for better building

FLOOD-affected Queensland councils have applied for nearly $1 billion worth of betterment funds to not just replace affected infrastructure but to make it more flood-resilient.
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Flooded rail line after Queensland floods.

Staff Reporter

Community Recovery and Resilience Minister David Crisafulli said applications from more than 48 councils proved the $80 million joint federal/state fund fell well short of the mark.

Crisafulli vowed to continue lobbying the federal government and Opposition to raise the Queensland government’s preferred $200 million funding pool.

"The strong interest from councils has confirmed what I expected, which is that they have been frustrated going through the motions replacing ‘like-for-like’ only to see it washed away the next time it floods," Crisafulli said.

"While you will never completely flood-proof a state as big and diverse as Queensland, I know that stronger assets this time around will ensure the recovery bill will be reduced the next time disaster strikes.”

The projects predominantly relate to stronger roads and drainage, but other infrastructure such as water and sewage treatment plants, bridges and culverts have also been forwarded.

Several councils also submitted additional requests totalling nearly $400 million to fund upgrades to state government assets, such as thoroughfares.

"While the federal government has ruled state assets ineligible, the submissions prove that, in many cases, councils see these as their No.1 priority," Crisafulli said.

"I’ll be working to convince the federal government to put these upgrades on the table."