Exceptional Circumstances (Category D) Funding Following STC Debbie

2017 Betterment Fund - $41.9 million

The 2017 Betterment Fund is a Queensland Government initiative supported by the Commonwealth Government as part of the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

A $41.9 million Betterment Fund is available to councils activated for NDRRA assistance as a result of Severe Tropical Cyclone (STC) Debbie, including $40 million available to all 29 councils activated for Restoration of Essential Public Assets (REPA) for STC Debbie, and $1.9 million for Shute Harbour seawall in the Whitsunday Regional Council.  The Australian Government has limited the 2017 Betterment Fund to addressing direct impacts from STC Debbie.

The $41.9 million Betterment Fund has been jointly funded on a 50/50 basis by the Commonwealth and State Governments. 

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 2017 Framework for Betterment will govern the administration of the Betterment Fund for STC Debbie. 

Councils have received notification of projects submitted through the Expression of Interest process which most align to the 2017 Framework for Betterment.  Councils are now requested to complete a Betterment Application Form for each project as soon as practical. QRA continue to work with councils to expedite 2017 Betterment Fund approvals.  

The 2017 Betterment Fund is managed by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority.  

2017 Environmental Recovery Package - $35 million

The Commonwealth Government has agreed to jointly fund a $35 million Environmental Recovery Package. The following packages have been approved:

  • Part A Coastal Works - removal of debris, restoration of mangroves and other coastal vegetation; restoration of beaches
  • Part B Clean up and restoration of recreational assets, and clean-up of green waste
  • Part C Riparian recovery, weed control and soil conservation
  • Part D Improved mapping and data collection
  • Part E Excess debris removal from watercourses; gully and streambank stabilisation

The application process for Part A and Part B is being coordinated by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority.  The application process for Part C, Part D and Part E is being coordinated by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP), which will work closely with NRM bodies. 

This funding is managed by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority.

Economic Recovery Package - $2.1 million

A total of $2 million has been made available for Industry Recovery Officers to target primary producers and support small businesses in the heavily impacted areas local government areas of Central Highlands, Gold Coast, Isaac, Livingstone, Logan City, Mackay, Scenic Rim, Whitsunday, Woorabinda councils and parts of Lockyer Valley. Industry Recovery Officers will provide recovery information and support to primary producers and small businesses and $100,000 has been made available for the evaluation of the program.

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.