Multi-million dollar improvements to stormwater infrastructure and funding for flood mitigation projects in Canberra have been signed off in a joint agreement between the Australian and Australian Capital Territory Governments.
The signing has cleared the way for $2.1 million from the Liberal-National Government to be handed over through the National Flood Mitigation Infrastructure Program which is funded through the Commonwealth’s Emergency Response Fund. The ACT Government is also contributing $1 million to this flood mitigation project.
The Liberal-National Government is also fully funding the $1.2 million Goliath Court Flood Mitigation project in O’Connor under the same program.
Minister for Emergency Management and National Recovery and Resilience, Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie said the Government is investing in important flood mitigation projects to protect communities against the impacts of future floods.
“I’m very pleased to now have this formal funding arrangement with the ACT for the Mawson Stormwater Improvements agreed and the funding transferred,” Minister McKenzie said.
“The much-needed new drainage works will prevent flooding in Mawson’s commercial precinct, protecting businesses and future developments in the area.”
Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja said these projects demonstrated the Liberal-National Government is continuing to invest in Canberra, building on a record $2.1 billion in infrastructure investment since 2018.
“The Mawson stormwater improvements will be a huge relief for local businesses and the residents who rely on them,” Senator Seselja said.
“Our funding will also enable the construction of raised vehicle crossings, upgrading of existing storm water pipes and additional inlets at Goliath Court which is prone to flooding, as well as constructing a new discharge pipe along Sullivan’s Creek,” Senator Seselja said.
Twenty-two flood mitigation infrastructure projects across all states and territories have been supported under the National Flood Mitigation Infrastructure Program, with a total of $50 million provided so far from the Emergency Response Fund.
SENATOR THE HON BRIDGET MCKENZIE
Minister for Emergency Management and National Recovery and Resilience
SENATOR THE HON ZED SESELJA
Senator for the ACT
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