Funding for disaster recovery under the microscope

DISASTER: Flooding has caused considerable damage in the South Burnett.
DISASTER: Flooding has caused considerable damage in the South Burnett. Contributed

CHANGES to disaster recovery funding will aim to give councils more flexibility.

Federal Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott said more flexible disaster recovery funding is on the horizon after the Productivity Commission's final report into Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements was tabled last week. 

Mr Scott said the Federal Government recognised flaws in the current system that hindered a speedy recovery.

"I understand councils west of the Great Diving Range, with little to no access to contract labour, have their own roads crews with a wealth of experience and local knowledge behind them," Mr Scott said.

"This kind of knowledge is key to reforming current arrangements and paving the way for more efficient and productive disaster recovery.

"The Federal Government is not proposing any reductions to funding or changes to the existing thresholds. Proposed reforms will focus on getting the balance right between recovery and mitigation.

"This Liberal National Coalition Government is continuing discussions with the Queensland Government to secure support for a new up-front funding model.

"This model will provide grants to the state based on early assessment of disaster damage and impact, rather than the current system of reimbursing costs based on detailed rules.

"The Federal Government is committed to providing a mutually beneficial system with better value for money for the Commonwealth and flexibility for local councils to undertake efficient disaster recovery works." 

Topics:  bruce scott commonwealth flooding funding government maranoa south burnett

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