Cyclone Debby Response Team
Cyclone Debby Response Team

The Palaszczuk Government has proposed it and the Turnbull Government jointly fund a $220 million package to provide additional assistance for communities, businesses, industries and the environment following the devastation of Tropical Cyclone Debbie and severe flooding.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the proposed package, to be under a Commonwealth and State-funded Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) Category D declaration, would include key local government infrastructure projects, including the South Rockhampton Flood Levee.

“The Flood Levee will require the support and funding of all three levels of government. I know the Rockhampton Regional Council is behind the levee and I am proposing the State and Federal Government support it through this Category D package,” the Premier said.

“Other projects to be funded through a $135 million local council infrastructure fund includes the Airlie Beach Foreshore and the Shute Harbour Marina revitalisation projects with Whitsunday Regional Council and Bluewater Trail and Queens Park Redevelopment with Mackay Regional Council.”

“This package will build on the good work and generosity of so many Queenslanders during the immediate response and recovery from Debbie and its severe flooding.”

“This package will help Queensland communities bounce back sooner and stronger.”

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said the Queensland Government was also seeking support for three other funds as part of the proposed $220 million.

“It was an extraordinary event and it is clear that extraordinary measures are needed to ensure communities can recover, rebuild and be more resilient to face the future,” Ms Trad said.

“In addition to our fund to build for key local government projects, we’re seeking co-operation for a package that will rebuild our infrastructure so it is more disaster resilient, an environmental package and an economic package to assist industry and business.

“Our people on the ground have reached out to local governments and communities to assess their damage, understand their impacts, and truly appreciate what they need to recover.

“This application for Category D funding is the result of local governments and their communities telling us what matters most to them – what will get them back on their feet, provide employment and restore their economies.

“We have listened and we hope the Turnbull Government will too.”  

The proposed funding includes: 

  • Package 1: $135 million Recovery to Resilience – Local Council Package to help the hardest hit local government areas undertake key infrastructure projects that will generate employment, boost the local economy, drive community recovery and build resilience.
  • Package 2: $60m Recovery to Resilience – infrastructure package (Betterment) to enable important infrastructure that has been damaged by STC Debbie to be rebuilt to a stronger more disaster resilient state.
  • Package 3: $15m Recovery to Resilience – environmental package to ensure the recovery of impacted environmental areas, recognising the important contribution our unique environment makes to the Queensland and Australian tourism industry.
  • Package 4: $10m Recovery to Resilience – economic package, to support the recovery of industry and businesses in and around impacted areas that experienced significant disruption and damage.

Following Tropical Cyclone Marcia in 2015, the Premier and then Prime Minister Tony Abbott agreed to share the costs of a $27.75 million Category D package.

“It included $20 million for an Infrastructure Betterment Fund to rebuild damaged local government assets to a more resilient standards, including $11 million upgrade the section of the Scenic Highway at Statue Bay – between Yeppoon and Rosslyn Bay – to protect it against future natural disasters,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

The Federal Budget papers released on Tuesday night stated: “Cyclone Debbie, which affected NSW and Queensland in March and April 2017, is expected to result in significant, but as yet unquantified, costs to the Commonwealth under the NDRRA.”

NDRRA is traditionally funded 75/25 by the federal and state governments. The funding split of Category D assistance is by agreement between the Premier and Prime Minister. Queensland proposes a 50:50 split, with Queensland’s contributing $110 million.

Source Premier and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

Deputy Premier, Minister for Transport and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
The Honourable Jackie Trad