Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Government pledges $500k for council flood safety upgrades

By Bridget Smith, Thursday September 27, 2012 - 13:08 EST

The Queensland Government will spend $500,000 helping nine regional councils meet vital flood safety upgrades recommended by the flood inquiry.

The money will go towards automatic flood warning stations, monitoring cameras and digital communications, aimed at preventing the loss of life seen in the 2011 floods.

Local Government Minister David Crisafulli admits the money is not enough but councils are also contributing.

He says councils will have the final say on where the money will be allocated.

"What you are getting for the first time is real information and real infrastructure that the local communities actually want," Mr Crisafulli said.

"In some of these parts of the state, you are talking about remote roads and remote river systems - this could deliver."

Councils to receive funding include Barcoo, Bundaberg, Burdekin, Carpentaria, Flinders, Hinchinbrook, Maranoa, Moreton Bay and North Burnett.


- ABC

© ABC 2012

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Cyclone Debbie: A quick guide for residents

19:32 EDT

Tropical Cyclone Debbie is just hours from reaching the north Queensland coast.

BOM warns of Cyclone Debbie inundation, 25,000 people in low-lying Mackay areas told to leave

19:20 EDT

More than 25,000 people need to move from low-lying areas in Mackay by midnight, with fears incoming Tropical Cyclone Debbie could cause inundation of up to 2.5 metres above the high tide level.

Cyclones in Queensland: Learning from five of the worst ever recorded

18:35 EDT

Tropical cyclones have long posed a serious threat to Queensland coastal communities, but after almost every disaster there have been lessons learnt to help people better prepare.