New disaster agency: land management sector responds

NRM Regions Queensland

A network of Queensland land management organisations has welcomed Scott Morrison’s announcement of new funding and stronger coordination of Australia’s disaster recovery response.

NRM Regions Queensland is represented in 26 regional and remote locations across landscapes impacted by drought, flood, fire and cyclones across the state. The organisation’s Chair, Julie Boyd said it was well-placed to respond to community needs and work collaboratively with the new agency.

“Our 12 member organisations have been working face-to-face with Queensland’s regional communities for more than two decades,” Julie said. “We’re working on the ground with the people who grow our food to make their enterprises more resilient to disasters and to support sustainable farming.”

Yesterday’s announcement said that $45 million will be invested in training people who work in disaster recovery to help regional communities prepare for high-risk hazards.

“In Queensland, regional and remote communities have come together to develop strategic plans that identify priorities for managing natural resources. Many of these plans and aspirations are both impacted by natural disasters and document strategies to make communities more resilient.”

“On behalf of Queensland’s regional natural resource management groups, I congratulate Shane Stone on his appointment. We’ll be seeking a meeting with Mr Stone and his new National Recovery and Resilience Agency as soon as possible to identify ways that Queensland’s NRM groups can support the roll-out of disaster resilience and recovery resources across Queensland’s unique regional landscapes,” Julie said.

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