29 November 2016
Local MP Steven Ciobo has welcomed today’s Commonwealth-State joint funding announcement of more than $3 million for community resilience projects in the Gold Coast and Scenic Rim council areas.
Mr Ciobo said $2.8 million in funding had been committed on the Gold Coast to help the community better prepare and respond to natural disasters.
Projects are jointly supported with Commonwealth and Queensland State Government funding as part of the $52.2 million national partnership agreement on natural disaster resilience.
“Gold Coast residents know all too well the effect of natural disasters on our fragile beach environments,” Mr Ciobo said.
“Construction of the Narrowneck Reef has been a central element in stabilising the beach system along the northern Gold Coast beaches over the past 16 years.”
“This funding will support the renewal of the reef to mitigate impacts of natural disasters and reduces the potential damage to the coastline from natural hazards during tropical cyclones, storm events or periods of sustained high-energy ocean swells.”
The Coalition Government is providing $738,000 towards the Narrowneck reef project, with another $2.1 million committed to the renewal of the flood mitigation system for the Coolangatta Creek catchment.
Minister for Justice Michael Keenan said while the nature and size of the country’s landscape meant natural hazards were a fact of life in Australia, communities are stepping up efforts to manage natural disaster risks.
“Preparing for, withstanding and recovering from disasters is not something the Government can do alone – we need everyone in the community to get involved,” Mr Keenan said.
“This funding encourages a partnership approach to disaster resilience, with funding recipients helping to build a culture of shared responsibility with governments.”