Funding for bushfire projects to drive social and economic recovery

Bushfire recovery in the Longman and Blair electorates will get a share of almost $2 million as part of $10.7 million in bushfire recovery projects.

Member for Longman Terry Young said the fourth and final round of Local Economic Recovery projects was announced today by the Australian and Queensland Governments, under a joint investment of $36.8 million to support recovery in Queensland communities hit hard by the 2019-20 bushfires.

The 21 projects funded across Queensland include three exciting projects across Longman and Blair.

“In our area, $205,000 will go to the Queensland Department of Environment to enhance the fire control lines and access tracks on Bribie Island,” Mr Young said.

“This project will improve fire mitigation and develop walking trails to further enhance tourism opportunities on the island.”

“$1.7 million will also go to Somerset Regional Council to engage a Local Business Recovery Officer, as well as support environmental recovery teams across the region.

“These teams will improve bushfire resilience and facilitate infrastructure projects for responsible and sustainable appreciation of identified sites.

“This investment in our local communities and the environment is great to see, and I can’t wait to see the work moving and the benefits flowing.”

Australian Minister for Emergency Management, David Littleproud said today’s announcement brings the total number of projects approved under the LER Program in Queensland to 48 across the 13 local council areas.

“The devastating effects of the fires have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, so I am pleased this LER funding is rolling out to help communities, local economies and natural areas recover,” Minister Littleproud said.

“It is inspiring to see the resilience of our Queensland communities as they drive their own recovery, and I’m pleased to see this government funding support those efforts with a wide range of priority projects.”

For more information on the Local Economic Recovery program in Queensland visit www.qra.qld.gov.au/LER

For information on Local Economic Recovery projects funded in Queensland – and across Australia – visit www.bushfirerecovery.gov.au/local-recovery-projects

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