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Queensland government to implement all flood recommendations


Moggill Ferry during 2011 flood.
The Newman Government has announced that it will implement every recommendation from the final report from the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry.

The Commission of Inquiry's findings into the south-east Queensland floods in January 2011 were published earlier this year. 

Premier Campbell Newman said the government will fully implement every recommendation, and work closely with local councils to deliver improved flood protection across the State.

The Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program will provide $40 million of funding over three years to councils to implement the inquiry recommendations.

An extra $40 million will be given for a new Floodplain Security Scheme, funded by Royalties for the Regions initiative.

Of the 177 recommendations, 123 apply to the state government, 56 relate to local government, 8 to the federal government, and 7 to private entities. 

The recommendations will be divided into five main streams for implementation, led by the relevant State Department, with the help of local government. The departments responsible for implementation include housing and public works, environment and heritage protection, and energy and water supply. 

Premier Campbell Newman said he would be closely engaged with the Local Government Association of Queensland.

He said ''The 2011 floods were a disaster for Queensland, impacting almost the entire state.''

''The task of recovery is enormous and ongoing, with some industries such as tourism and property still suffering.''

''Part of that recovery process is ensuring all of the recommendations from the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry are implemented. We committed to do our part and we will honour that commitment.''

''We will support and work closely with Councils in implementing the recommendations,” Mr Newman said.


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15.6.12