Govt rejects flood fund pleas
THE State Government has rejected a funding plea from councils to improve the flood resilience of local communities.
Local Government Association of Queensland president Paul Bell said he was disappointed at the lack of assistance from the Bligh government to fulfil recommendations of the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry.
"Many council areas most vulnerable to a repeat of last summer's devastating deluge were those with the least financial capacity to pay the costs of implementing the measures that the floods inquiry urged," he said.
"These councils form the frontline between disasters and their communities yet the government's decision risks leaving them without the resources to put up a proper fight."
The LGAQ had sought $12.5 million assistance for recurrent spending and $5 million for capital spending which Cr Bell said was a modest ask compared with the $38 million the Victorian Government offered its councils as a partnership support package to help them meet disaster management obligations following the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires.
Cr Bell said despite the disappointment, the LGAQ would work with the State Government to ensure communities were as well prepared as possible should disaster strike again this summer.
Principally it is working to define areas of responsibility between various local and State Government agencies in the event of a disaster.
Those responsibilities will be co-ordinated in book form for ease of reference.
The approach is in line with recommendations of the flood commission of inquiry.