Exceptional Circumstances (Category D) Funding Following TC Marcia

2015 Betterment Fund - $20 million

The 2015 Betterment Fund is a Queensland Government initiative supported by the Commonwealth Government as part of the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

A $20 million Betterment Fund is available to councils activated for NDRRA assistance as a result of Tropical Cyclone Marcia. The Australian Government has limited the 2015 Betterment Fund to addressing direct impacts from Tropical Cyclone Marcia, and has excluded State assets.

The $20 million Betterment Fund has been funded with $10 million from the Queensland Government and $10 million from the Australian Government.

The intent of betterment is to increase the resilience of Queensland communities to natural disasters, while at the same time reducing future expenditure on asset restoration, reducing incidents, injuries and fatalities during and after natural disasters, and improving asset utility during and after natural disasters

The 2015 Framework for Betterment allows local councils to restore or replace essential public assets damaged by Tropical Cyclone Marcia to a more disaster-resilient standard than their pre-disaster standard.

Local councils affected by Tropical Cyclone Marcia can access the 2015 Framework for Betterment and forms relating to 2015 Betterment submissions in the useful links column on this page.

The 2015 Betterment Fund is managed by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority.


Clean-up and Restoration of Recreational Assets - $6 million

The Commonwealth Government has agreed to a joint fund to assist with the clean-up and restoration of recreational assets that fall outside the usual NDRRA (CDO and REPA) eligibility, within those local government areas impacted by Cyclone Marcia. Eligible activities include:

  • clean-up and restoration of local government and national park recreational facilities and assets such as riparian or beach access points, picnic areas, walking tracks, car parks, BBQ areas, shelters and associated amenities.
  • clean-up and restoration of beaches and national parks
  • clean-up of road assets within or leading to recreational assets.

Funding submissions should be made by 31 August 2015 using the Category D Recreational assets form in the useful links column. Councils should indicate the priority of their submitted projects, as this funding allocation is limited to the $6 million approved by theCommonwealth.

This funding is managed by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority.


Green Waste Clean-up - $1 million

This funding has been made available only to the most heavily impacted local government areas of Rockhampton, Livingstone, Banana and North Burnett. Eligible costs would include costs incurred by councils relating to the clean-up, removal and management of the extensive green waste resulting from Tropical Cyclone Marcia – over and above any costs eligible under the standard CDO and REPA. This would include reasonable costs for the removal of green waste from private properties and businesses, and costs to establish temporary green waste disposal sites.

Funding submissions should be made by 31 August 2015 using the Category D Green waste form in the useful links column.

This funding is managed by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority.

Industry Recovery Officers to Support Primary Producers - $750,000


This funding has been made available only to the most heavily impacted local government areas of Rockhampton, Livingstone, Banana and North Burnett. Industry Recovery Officers will provide recovery information and support to primary producers.

This funding is managed by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, for more information please go www.daf.qld.gov.au or phone 132 523.