Disaster-Affected Communities to Lead Recovery Plan

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MANY localities in the Gympie Region experienced significant impacts as a result of the natural disasters and flooding during late December and early January this year.

To help communities manage their own recovery based on what is important to them, funding has been made available to the Gympie Regional Council under the Federal and State governments' Community Recovery and Wellbeing Package, which includes the Community Development Engagement Initiative and Flexible Funding arrangements.

Gympie council's Community Recovery and Wellbeing Package is funded under the Queensland Reconstruction Authority and the National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.

Gympie Mayor Ron Dyne said the funding was provided under Operation Queenslander, which was the statewide Community, Economic and Environmental Recovery and Reconstruction Plan which outlines Queensland's reconstruction road map.

Councillor Dyne said this plan centred on six lines of reconstruction a human and social; economic; environment; building recovery; roads and transport; and community liaison and communication.

Over a two-year period, $225,000 will be provided under the CDEI package, while a further $250,000 will be provided under the Flexible Funding arrangements.

The CDEI package has allocated funding for Gympie council to appoint a community development and project officer, Michelle Rowe, to deliver the CDEI package, work closely with the community in the development and implementation of recovery and resilience initiatives and to facilitate the co-ordination of the Flexible Funding program responsibilities. …