National disaster resilience focus on latest funding

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The Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) has received federal funding to help the state’s communities prepare for disasters.

The Authority was one of four organisations to receive a funding boost to help lift the resilience on Australians in the face of increasing extreme weather events.

The four disaster risk reduction projects were be funded under the Disaster Risk Reduction Package (DRRP) with the QRA receiving $1.5m to improve accessibility of disaster risk and preparedness information for households and communities.

In addition, the CSIRO received $2.5m to develop enhanced approaches to reduce the risk and build resilience to bushfires and floods in the telecommunications sector.

The Bureau of Meteorology was granted $1.27m to enhance Bureau of Meteorology warnings aligned to the Australian Warning System to help communities prepare and respond to hazardous weather events.

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts was granted $210,000 for the coordination of drone research and operational capability to enhance bushfire risk reduction.

Federal, State and Territory governments have committed $261 million over five years from 2019-2020 through the DRRP which is designed to reduce the risk and impact of disasters in line with the National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework.

Further information about projects funded under all rounds of the DRRP can be found at: Disaster Risk Reduction Package | National Emergency Management Agency.

Further information about the National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework can be found at: National Disaster Risk Reduction.