New fund to help protect Queenslanders from disasters

The Queensland Premier has announced the first round of a new $38 million fund to better protect Queensland communities from natural disasters.

Local governments, state agencies and non-government organisations can now apply for a share of the $38 million Queensland Disaster Resilience Fund.

Eligible applicants to the fund include local government bodies, Queensland Government departments and agencies, as well as incorporated non-government organisations and Queensland-based not-for-profit organisations.

Successful projects will align to the key objectives of the Queensland Strategy for Disaster Resilience, which include:

  • Queenslanders understand their disaster risk
  • Strengthened disaster risk management
  • Queenslanders are invested in disaster risk reduction
  • There is continuous improvement in disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

Helping communities to strengthen their resilience to disasters is a key focus for governments and community organisations across the state.

Libraries are an ideal place to engage communities in disaster resilience and support community wellbeing. If you want to run a Disaster Resilience program in your library but need some inspiration, check out the Resilient Queensland Story map.

Resilient Queensland stories include:

  • Townsville residents come together for a series of community barbeques to discuss cyclone risks and share information on preparing their houses.
  • Queensland Fire and Emergency Service, together with the Queensland Police Service and Multicultural Development Australia host lunches to engage with new arrivals and  help migrants and refugees understand the risks, develop plans and access support networks.
  • Comics are being used by Emergency Management Australia and Ipswich City Council to engage English as a Second Language (ESL) communities on disaster risks and preparations. Comics are shared through schools and community hubs.
  • Longreach Regional Council has launched the Longreach – Outback Kids are Tough video to encourage the community to plan for flood, storm and fires.

For more information and details on how to apply, visit the Queensland Disaster Resilience Fund page on the Queensland Reconstruction Authority website.

Applications for the Queensland Disaster Resilience Fund close on 18 April 2019.