Flood protection projects at risk after State Budget

THE Fraser Coast is likely to see just a small fraction of the funding it needs for flood mitigation, putting major flood-proofing projects at risk.

Tuesday's State Budget confirmed the Betterment Fund for Queensland would come to only $80 million, to replace infrastructure at risk of repeated flooding.

The Fraser Coast Regional Council had applied for more than $40 million worth of projects for this region alone, including raising roadways near the Granville Bridge, flood-proofing the Maryborough-Hervey Bay Rd and upgrading the rural road network.

The $80 million, from the Queensland and Federal Governments, is aimed at helping councils across the state replace or move flood-damaged infrastructure.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said he hoped to find out by the end of the month exactly what projects would be approved for the region.

He warned that the region would not see funding for many of the hoped-for projects.

The State Government had called for both governments to put $100 million each towards the fund, but the Federal Government would not put in more than $40 million.

Cr O'Connell said he had not given up hope that the Federal Government would increase its contribution, as it heads into the September election.

"We will continue to campaign," he said.

More than 48 councils have applied for Betterment funding. One of the only betterment projects to have been approved so far is a replacement for a Gayndah water supply pump damaged by flooding.

Betterment Fund

  • The $80 million fund is equally funded by the State and Federal Governments
  • The Fraser Coast has applied for $40 million worth of projects through the fund to make flood-damaged infrastructure more resilient against future disasters
  • The council hopes to find out by the end of the month which projects will be approved for the Fraser Coast


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