SEQ Catchments welcomes flood relief funding

SEQ Catchments welcomes flood relief funding

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24-May-2013

SEQ Catchments welcomes an announcement by Queensland Natural Resources Minister, Andrew Cripps regarding a package of funding that has been made available by the Queensland and Commonwealth Governments under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.
A large number of landholders right across South East Queensland have been in contact with SEQ Catchments seeking assistance and advice since severe flooding affected the local area following ex tropical cyclone Oswald earlier this year.

The on farm productivity and riparian recovery program in SEQ will be focused in the hardest hit areas of the Fassifern and Lockyer Valley.
SEQ Catchments has been working with the Department of Natural Resources and Mines and other agencies to identify priority works and activities that will make the greatest difference and meet the criteria. An initial allocation of $3 million made to SEQ has been agreed and work has already begun.
 
Works will include

  • redesign and rehabilitation of damaged farming land 
  • managing flood risk to farm infrastructure and crops
  • repairing and stabilising flood damaged creek areas, especially where valuable agricultural land and other infrastructure is threatened and
  • building capacity and knowledge among farmers

CEO of SEQ Catchments Simon Warner said,

“While the initial funding of $3 million is very welcome we know there is much more demand out there and landholders continue to ask us for help.

“We are reviewing the current demand and prioritising on how best to deliver against these and any further funds that might become available to help recover from this event. 

Our experience in supporting land holders and natural resource management in flood resilience is that there is always more that can be done but funding is finite.”

“We are therefore also working together with other partners who are willing to invest in these works to ensure we can leverage the funding that is available to achieve maximum impact.” 

All the works being delivered will be designed to build resilience and reduce the risk of damage in future events.

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Further information: Sibel Korhaliller, 0488 713 340, SKorhaliller@seqcatchments.com.au
Jose Abad, 0403 930 380, jose@perceptioncomms.com.au

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