27 September 2023

New plan to deal with disasters

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The Queensland Reconstruction Authority has developed a new five-year strategy to strengthen the resilience of recovery after disasters in Queensland.

Announcing the strategy, the Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk said that while Queensland was the most disaster-impacted State in Australia, it was also the most resilient.

“Every year we could be faced with flooding, cyclones, bushfires, or other severe weather events, so it’s vital we continue to improve the framework to overcome any challenge,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“We have built back better after recent disasters, saving money, time and effort, but just like the rest of Australia and the Asia-Pacific, climate change means we can’t afford not to continue improving.”

She said the Queensland Strategy for Disaster Resilience 2022-27 focused on community-informed resilience investment and greater inter-Agency coordination so communities will be best prepared to tackle and recover from natural disasters.

Deputy Premier, Steven Miles said the latest five-year strategy built on many years of building disaster resilience coordinated by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority.

“Whether it’s Government, industry, businesses or communities, we need to embed resilience into every decision we make,” Dr Miles said.

“Every region across Queensland now has a locally-led and regionally-coordinated blueprint to increase State-wide disaster resilience, and this new strategy looks to maximise that local coordination to improve disaster response and recovery.”

He said that by strengthening the lines of resilience between the community and the social, built, economic and natural environments around it the State would strengthen resilience in Queensland.

“This includes ensuring strategic commitments, actions and responsibilities are clearly outlined and agreed on by responsible delivery Agencies,” Dr Miles said.

The Queensland Strategy for Disaster Resilience 2022-27 complements a suite of regional resilience strategies developed as part of the State’s previous five-year strategy.

The 52-page Strategy can be accessed at this PS News link.

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