MEDIA RELEASE: $5.7 million to protect Canberra against future floods

The Liberal-National Government is investing $5.7 million towards projects in Narrabundah to improve stormwater infrastructure and mitigate flooding, under round 2 of the National Flood Mitigation Infrastructure Program.

Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja said the Program is preparing and protecting Australian communities from future devastating flood events.

“The recent floods across New South Wales and Queensland have once again demonstrated the devastation that can be wrought by major floods in this country,” Senator Seselja said.

“We are continuing to make significant investments to protect the Canberra community, individuals and businesses from disasters in an increasingly complex natural hazard environment.

“Under Round 2 of the Program, we are investing $5.7 million toward significant upgrades of Narrabundah’s stormwater system at Throsby Crescent, and the Narrabundah Playing Fields,” Senator Seselja said.

“The Liberal-National Government has now committed a total of $100 million to flood mitigation infrastructure – that is 37 unique projects – to build our resilience to future floods.

A Technical Advisory Panel comprised of experts from CSIRO, the Bureau of Meteorology and the Australian Climate Service conducted a technical review of applications against the criteria of the relative flood risk and flood mitigation impact of the project, and the impact of the project on reducing exposure to flood risks that influence insurability of existing flood mitigation infrastructure. 

“This funding is made possible through the Government’s $4 billion Emergency Response Fund, established in December 2019. Under the legislation, $50 million is available each year to assist communities to build resilience and prepare for natural disasters.”

For further information on the National Flood Mitigation Infrastructure Program visit https://recovery.gov.au/national-flood-mitigation-infrastructure-program-21-22 

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Senator the Hon Zed Seselja 
Senator for the ACT