Building up resilience

SPORTING clubs' and home owners' dreams of flood-proofing their buildings and facilities have come one step closer after the State Government introduced changes to the Queensland Reconstruction Authority Amendment (QRAA) late last week.

Southern Downs Regional Council Deputy Mayor Ross Bartley said the changes made sense.

"It is a very sensible move," he said.

"I think anything that minimises the effect on new properties needs to be looked at.

"It is just the trauma of going through the flood clean-up over and over again and the disruption that has a big effect."

Community Recovery and Resilience Minister David Crisafulli introduced the amendment to the Bill.

"This just shows how quickly the Government will act to help Queensland rebuild," Mr Crisafulli said.

"The recovery and reconstruction of affected communities is the immediate priority for all Queenslanders, and we'll do what it takes to deliver that."

The changes include redefining the definition of "disaster event" to include storms, floods and tornadoes from ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald and extends and expands the role of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority.

Mr Crisafulli said the emphasis was now on building a more resilient Queensland.

"That goal is reflected in these changes," he said.

"We'll never flood-proof a state as big and diverse as Queensland, but we can do a better job at building more durable infrastructure.

"If an asset has been replaced over and over again, it's time that we look at building it differently or in a better location.

"It's time to rebuild with a view to the future, not the past.

"I'll be working closely with Queensland mayors and councillors to bring about the results their communities want.

"The changes to the Act will give us the scope to achieve that."

What are your suggestions for flood-proofing sporting clubs and homes in flood plains around Warwick? Phone reporter Erin Smith on 4660 1364 to share your ideas.

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