Cassowary Coast Regional Council will receive more than $500,000 in joint State and Federal Government funding for a project aimed at enhancing the region’s resilience to natural disasters.

Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said the Cassowary Coast disaster management community resilience and education program had a total value of more than $1.4 million, with the Cassowary Coast Regional Council also contributing funding.

“With the changing weather patterns, it is likely natural disaster events in Queensland will be more regular and more severe in coming years,” Mr Pitt said.

“That is why the Bligh Government has partnered with the Rudd Government to provide $44 million in funding over four years through the Natural Disaster Resilience Program to help minimise the impact of natural disasters on Queensland communities.

“I commend the Council for its willingness to partner with the State and Federal governments on this important initiative.”

“This project aligns perfectly with the objectives and priorities of the Natural Disaster Resilience Program.

“By undertaking this resilience and education project now the local community will be better-placed to respond to – and recover from – future natural disasters.

“The program is just another demonstration of the Bligh and Rudd Governments’ commitment to emergency services and community resilience.”

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