Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Flood Cash Rolling in; Funds Flow to Support Disaster Management Projects

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Flood Cash Rolling in; Funds Flow to Support Disaster Management Projects

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Byline: REBECCA LYNCH Rebecca.Lynch@qt.com.au

PROJECTS to help the Lockyer Valley and Somerset region cope with natural disasters can now go ahead, following the announcement of hundreds of thousands of dollars in state and federal government funding.

Communities in the Lockyer Valley and Somerset regions will receive $475,000 and $200,000 respectively from the Natural Disaster Resilience Program.

Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts said the Lockyer Valley funding would go towards four major projects a a flood risk management study, disaster management training programs, the installing of flood and rainfall gauges, and the establishing of a Community Disaster Management Training Centre in Gatton.

The Lockyer Valley Regional Council will contribute about $530,000 to the projects, which

will cost more than one million dollars.

Mayor Steve Jones said the government support made the projects easier to achieve.

aAt the end of the day, we were prepared to do this by ourselves, because it will save so many lives in the future,a Cr Jones said. …

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