Funding to help Cyclone Debbie recovery tops $31 million

Posted: 25th Jun

An extra $13 million tipped in by the State Government means government funding received by council to help with Cyclone Debbie recovery has topped $31 million.

The State Government last week announced an additional $4.56 million for major coastal resilience works, with most being directed to Lamberts Beach and Midge Point.

It is also providing another $8.6 million for Bluewater Trail and Queens Park.

This funding is on top of National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) Category D funding of more than $5 million approved in the wake of Cyclone Debbie.

There has also been another $9 .2 million in NDRRA Category B funding, including a council trigger point contribution of more than $760,000, and another $4 million in Category A and B assistance.

NDRRA funding is provided by the Australian and Queensland governments on a 50-50 basis.

Mayor Greg Williamson said the funding, provided by all levels of government, had been crucial in helping the region recover after Cyclone Debbie.

“We knew that after Cyclone Debbie made her impact felt in our region that she’d left behind a huge damage bill,’’ Cr Williamson said.

“If you take into funds chipped in by council, most of which was covered by a $2 million insurance payout, the recovery funding in our region is up above $33.5 million.

“That doesn’t take into account other repair works being carried out by the State Government, such as repairs to the severely damaged Sarina Range.”

Cr Williamson said the most pleasing thing about the response to Cyclone Debbie was it included funding ranging from emergency works to projects to boost the region’s resilience.

“As a council, we were vocal about some of the delays in NDRRA funding being finalised,’’ he said.

“But the end result, including the Queensland Government chipping in an additional $13 million, is a huge boost for this region in terms of recovery.

Cr Williamson said the biggest funding amount was the $8.6 million for Bluewater Trail and Queens Park.

But he said Lamberts Beach and Midge Point would receive about $7.2 million when NDRRA Category D funding and the extra State Government funding was taken into account.

“Other projects have ranged from $920,955 in Category B funding for Sichter Street at Sarina to more than $600,000 in Betterment Funding for the rural Sievers, Graham and Hinton roads.

“That Betterment Funding is excluding council’s contribution of about $200,000.”

“There was also funding to repair a lot of gravel roads and drainage works in our region, as well as assistance for green waste collection and processing in the immediate aftermath of the cyclone.”

Contact: Mackay Regional Council

Phone: 1300 MACKAY (622 529)

Published: 01 Jun 2018