$41.85 Million Betterment Funding for 22 Queensland Councils
The Queensland Government’s 2017 Betterment Fund continues to support improvements to roads and public infrastructure throughout Queensland. The Fund aims to increase Queensland communities’ resilience to natural disasters through necessary upgrades to key infrastructure.
The $41.85 million fund has been allocated to 83 projects across 22 Queensland councils under the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). The Betterment Fund will ensure roads and public infrastructure is repaired and accessible soon after severe weather events. In addition, it also ensures the infrastructure is built back stronger and more disaster resilient.
Improving disaster resilience in public assets will help affected communities to get back on their feet sooner following severe weather events. The 2017 Betterment Fund was a great example of all levels of Government working together to improve the resilience of Queensland communities. The Queensland Government successfully managed to deliver $100 million in Betterment Funding following natural disasters in 2013 and 2015 in partnership with the Commonwealth Government.
In this final round of Betterment funding, approved projects include restoration works on roads, culverts and floodways damaged as a result of Cyclone Debbie to improve accessibility and help reduce injuries and fatalities from natural disasters.
For more information on the 2017 Betterment program and other Category D funding associated with Tropical Cyclone Debbie, click here.