Burdekin and Haughton Flood Resilience Strategy Released

1st July 2021

The Queensland Government has released a new Flood Resilience Strategy developed in partnership with eight North Queensland local governments.

The $1 million Burdekin and Haughton Flood Resilience Strategy project was approved as part of the joint Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) $242 million Category C and D package for the 2019 North and Far North Queensland Monsoon Trough.

Minister for Emergency Management David Littleproud said the strategy would increase community capacity in the face of major flood events.

“The Burdekin and Haughton catchments are home to approximately 110,000 people across almost 39,000 properties, stretching from Alpha in the south all the way up the Atherton Tablelands in the north,” Minister Littleproud said. “This strategy is about being prepared and an excellent example of cooperation between the Australian and Queensland governments."

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Steven Miles said the strategy was developed by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority in partnership with the eight local governments of the Burdekin and Haughton River catchments and other key stakeholders.

“Examples from the strategy include pre-planning for post-disaster recovery and working with camping and caravan park operators to ensure they have appropriate emergency plans in place.”

Implementation of the strategy will be overseen by the following project partner councils: Barcaldine Regional Council, Burdekin Shire Council, Charters Towers Regional Council, Isaac Regional Council, Mackay Regional Council, Tablelands Regional Council, Townsville City Council and Whitsunday Regional Council.

For more information, and an excellent video, visit: www.qra.qld.gov.au/burdekin-haughton

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