The Gillard and Bligh Labor Governments today announced a $315 million package to help Queensland's local councils repair utilities and infrastructure, and support their efforts in recovering from the floods and Cyclone Yasi.
The Queensland Local Council Package will help ensure that disaster-affected communities have the water and sewerage facilities, transport infrastructure and employment support they need to get back on their feet as quickly as possible.
This announcement demonstrates our shared commitment to rebuilding Queensland and assisting local councils after the most costly natural disasters in our history.
We know councils right around Queensland have a very big task ahead of them and this shows we're with them every step of the way.
These announcements go well beyond our obligations under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements, in recognition of the unprecedented scale of the damage caused to communities across Queensland in recent months.
The package has two components:
The funding will be made through the Queensland Reconstruction Authority, chaired by Major-General Mick Slater, and all financial procedures will be made in close consultation with the Australian Government Reconstruction Inspectorate to ensure value for money.
Commonwealth funding for the package is $206 million, and the contribution from the Queensland Government will be $109 million.
26 February 2011