FLOOD RECOVERY: Minister Joe Ludwig and Mayor Don Waugh visit Gary Ezzy's flood damaged orchard in Gayndah.
FLOOD RECOVERY: Minister Joe Ludwig and Mayor Don Waugh visit Gary Ezzy's flood damaged orchard in Gayndah. Brandon Livesay

Funding announced for damaged assets

MINISTER Joe Ludwig flew into Gayndah yesterday to announce $6.5 million in funding for the North Burnett flood recovery.

The funding will go towards repairing infrastructure in Eidsvold, Gayndah and Mundubbera.

The Minister met with primary producers, local industry representatives and North Burnett Regional Council to discuss the roll out of assistance and hear of the recovery progress being made.

Mayor Don Waugh said the $6.5 million would be used to repair bridges and damaged water supplies.

This is the first project approval for the physical rebuilding for the council as part of the government's response to the flooding damage.

Minister Ludwig said the funding was shared by Federal and State Governments under the Natural Disaster Relief Arrangements.

"These projects come in application batches assessed by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority and I'm pleased that this first project for the North Burnett has come along so quickly," Minister Ludwig said.

But, a major concern raised by local industries was the need to ensure assets were safe from future flood events.

Minister Ludwig said there was an $80 million joint Federal-State Betterment Fund in place to flood-proof infrastructure.

"The Betterment Fund is where you can take an asset and either shift it, change it, widen it, do whatever you need to do to it to make it better and more flood proof," Minister Ludwig said.

"The $80 million fund will be for the exclusive access of those local councils most in need to upgrade their roads to be more flood proof for future events."


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