New strategy released for Burdekin and Haughton flood resilience

The Burdekin Shire Council, along with seven neighbouring councils, have developed an enhanced flood resilience strategy to minimise the impact of Burdekin and Haughton catchment floods in the region.

The strategy, released this June, was based on the collaboration of the eight regional councils, who worked on a cohesive approach to dealing with floods, identifying opportunities to reduce the region’s flood risk and improve post-disaster recovery plans.

The 1 million dollar strategy is part of the state and federal governments $242 million Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements to improve outcomes for the regions economy, infrastructure and environment in the face of extreme weather events.

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

“This strategy is about being prepared. We’ll never be able to eradicate disasters, but we can always ensure we are better prepared for when they strike,” Minister Littleproud said.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Steven Miles said that the unified approach between councils is the best solution to meeting shared goals and sharing expertise.

“As the most disaster-impacted state in Australia, it’s crucial that we work together to improve the resilience of communities across Queensland,” Minister Miles said.

“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,” he said.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the strategy presented a shared vision of flood resilience that would support the Shire’s capability to deal with emergencies going forward.

“The strategy is our guide to how locally-led and regionally coordinated resilience solutions will help address recent and emerging disaster risks and provide pathways for improving resilience over time,” Mayor McLaughlin said.

The strategy will be implemented by Burdekin Shire Council, Barcaldine Regional Council, Charters Towers Regional Council, Isaac Regional Council, Mackay Regional Council, Tablelands Regional Council, Townsville City Council, and Whitsunday Regional Council.

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