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DISASTER FUNDING HELD BACK TILL AFTER DISASTER SEASON

December 23, 2020

DISASTER FUNDING HELD BACK TILL AFTER DISASTER SEASON

 
The Morrison Government has again chosen an announcement over delivery, with flood prone regions unlikely to receive newly-announced mitigation funding until floods have already hit.
 
Guidelines released for new flood resilience funds show that applications for project funding won’t close until next February. 
 
This means successful projects are unlikely to be chosen, let alone built, by the end of the current disaster season.
 
The Morrison Government has had 18 months to choose suitable projects for funding, having announced the Emergency Response Fund (ERF) 18 months ago.
 
Rather than use that time to build projects to protect Australians this summer, the Government has failed to choose a single project or even call for applications.
 
Last week, in an act of desperation, the Government simply announced it would use the ERF to create a new flood resilience fund within the existing fund.
 
With the application process not due to be completed until February, flood-prone communities aren’t going to see finished projects this disaster season, while fire-prone regions won’t see any mitigation funding from the ERF this financial year.
 
Australia’s east coast, particularly South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales, have already begun to see the type of extreme weather - including heavy rain, beach erosion and cyclonic winds - the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO have warned La Niña conditions will bring this summer. 

We know that more wild weather is coming, especially in Northern Australia.

Unfortunately, the Morrison Government decided to ignore those warnings and waste valuable time which could have been used to safeguard communities.
 
The Morrison Government must urgently get these funds out the door to ensure Australians are kept safe.
 
WEDNESDAY, 23 DECEMBER 2020
 

A FAIR GO FOR AUSTRALIA