THE allocation of funding from the Federal Labor Government’s Disaster Ready Fund to a flood resilience project in the Derwent Valley has been welcomed by the Federal Member for Lyons, Brian Mitchell MHR. “The project will increase the resilience of key areas of the Derwent Valley that could be at risk if a flash flooding event was to occur by building infrastructure to minimise potential impact,” Mr Mitchell said.
The Federal Government allocated $879,500 of the total $1,700,000 project, with a contribution from the Tasmanian Government. “Through the Albanese Government’s new Disaster Ready Fund, investment is being made over five years to build critical projects that will reduce disaster risk, help to reduce recovery costs and strengthen community resilience across Australia, including in the Derwent Valley,” Mr Mitchell said.
“The Derwent Valley faces the threat of flash flooding every year, and with climate change threatening drier summers and wetter winters, critical preparation is required to minimise any impact on home and businesses”. Mr Mitchell said. “Federal Disaster Ready funding of more than $14 million has been assigned to Tasmania,” Mr Mitchell said. “It includes upgrades to the Tas Alert app, The Tasmanian Hazards Notification System and flood intelligence modelling statewide. The Labor Government’s plan is to prepare better, so we are in a better position to recover quickly.”