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Manns Road at Rowlands Creek Road is the shortest road link between Byron and Tweed Shires and was closed owing to this massive landslip during the March2017 flooding. Photo Will Matthews

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has welcomed a pre-election commitment from Federal Labor to invest up to $200 million per year in disaster prevention and resilience.

President Linda Scott said that ALGA had asked all political parties to support such a program through its 2022 Federal Election Platform.

‘Currently, less than five per cent of our nation’s disaster funding goes towards mitigation and community resilience measures’, Cr Scott said.

‘This needs to increase to make sure that our communities – particularly those where exposure to fires and floods is greatest – are better prepared for the increasing number of emergency events we’re seeing.

Fire fighters battling flames on the Woombah to Iluka road in November 2019. Photo Ewan Willis.

‘Aside from the spiralling human toll, the economic costs of natural disasters now far exceed insured losses.

‘However, independent analysis we’ve commissioned shows that a $200 million per year investment in disaster mitigation would create up to 1,833 new jobs and add $280 million to our nation’s GDP’.

Cr Scott said that local governments around Australia would also welcome this pre-election funding commitment.

‘We make a substantial contribution to disaster relief, recovery, and management, through investing in evacuation centres, fire breaks, and telecommunications improvements’, Cr Scott said.

‘If local governments are to reduce and manage the impacts of future natural disaster events, we need increased support’.


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