Upgrades for council flood warning systems

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Federal funding will help improve flood warning infrastructure in 23 Queensland council areas. | Photo: David F (IStock)

More than 20 of Queensland’s most flood-impacted councils have been funded to upgrade flood warning infrastructure.

The Federal Government will fund 170 projects across 23 councils hardest hit by the 2022 Queensland floods, from Balonne through the south-east to Gladstone.

Each council will receive up to $235,000 for new flood warning infrastructure, with a further $1 million going towards 14 high-priority projects recommended by the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) within nine local government areas.

Assets include rainfall and river height gauges, flood cameras, electronic signage, data communication repeaters, and sensor technology.

The projects will address local flood warning needs identified by councils, Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads, and BOM.

Councils will supply and install assets funded for their local government area, with BOM to take ownership of the assets after installation.

Councils receiving flood warning infrastructure assets include: Balonne, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cherbourg, Fraser Coast, Gold Coast, Goondiwindi, Gladstone, Gympie, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Moreton Bay, Noosa, North Burnett, Redland, Scenic Rim, Somerset, South Burnett, Southern Down, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, and Western Downs.