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Media articles

$22 million for flood-affected primary industries supply chain

Joint media release with the Hon Paul Toole MP and the Hon Dugald Saunders MP

Agricultural processing businesses that were impacted by the February and March 2022 floods are being assisted to re-establish operations through the Australian and NSW Government’s $22 million Supply Chain Support Program.

Federal Minister for Emergency Management, Senator the Hon Murray Watt said assistance is now available to rebuild, repair and improve the resilience of eligible processors that operate within the fisheries, horticulture and agriculture sectors.

Celebrating National Disaster Resilience Award winners

Projects from the Northern Territory and Victoria have been recognised for their innovative efforts to build community resilience to natural disasters, sharing the overall winner’s title at this year’s National Resilient Australia Awards.

Thanks to our disaster volunteers

Joint media release with the Hon Amanda Rishworth MP and the Hon Andrew Leigh MP

Volunteers play a significant role during disasters, stepping up to help their families, friends and neighbours during times of great need. 

Today, on International Volunteer Day, we recognise the tireless efforts of Australia’s volunteers, who join our professional emergency services personnel in supporting their communities in times of crisis. 

Funding to support the recovery of Queensland’s threatened freshwater aquatic species

Joint media release with Meaghan Scanlon MP

More than $1.4 million in funding is now available to help Queensland’s threatened freshwater aquatic species to recover from recent extraordinary flooding and rainfall events.

The Biodiversity Conservation Grant Program (Flood Recovery) is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DFRA) and will be administered by the Queensland Department of Environment and Science (DES).

More disaster assistance for Victorians

Joint media release with the Hon Bill Shorten M​P​ Federal assistance is now available in another five Victorian local government areas (LGAs) affected by ongoing flooding. This extension brings the total number of Victorian areas eligible for the DRA and DRFA to 64. The AGDRP is now available in 29 LGAs.

First Ipswich homes settled through voluntary buy-back program

Joint media release with the Hon Steven Miles MP a​nd Cr Teresa Harding

​The first flood impacted Ipswich houses have been settled through the jointly funded Commonwealth and State government $741 million Resilient Homes Fund, the largest program of its kind to ever be delivered in Queensland. 

Minister for Emergency Management Senator the Hon Murray Watt said the settlement of the first voluntary home buy-backs represented an important milestone for the program. 

Cunninghams Gap reconstruction ready to start

Joint media release with the Hon Mark Bailey MP Assistance for the reconstruction works at Cunninghams Gap will be provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

Federal disaster recovery payment extended in NSW

Joint media release with the Hon Bill Shorten M​P The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) has been extended to the New South Wales local government areas (LGAs) of Bathurst, ​Edward River and Narrandera following the impacts of severe storms and flooding to large areas of the state.