Attorney-General Robert McClelland and Tasmanian Police and Emergency Management Minister Lin Thorp today announced a $1.8 million joint implementation plan to improve natural disaster resilience in Tasmania.
“This is an excellent example of the strong cooperation between the Commonwealth and Tasmanian Governments in preparing for natural disasters,” Mr McClelland said.
“Different states have different types of disaster threats. This Agreement provides state government with ongoing funding to develop their individual plans and capacity to respond to disasters.”
The Partnership Agreements – being rolled out across all States and Territories - are part of the Commonwealth Government’s $110 million Natural Disaster Resilience Program.
Tasmania’s joint implementation plan is a continuation of work already undertaken and includes:
* $1.26 million for the Natural Disaster Resilience Program – which will operate as a competitive mitigation and capability development and volunteer support grants program.
* $260,000 for the Emergency Management Framework Support Program – which will provide directed funding to the State Emergency service to support and augment the emergency management framework within Tasmania.
* $300,000 for the State Natural Disaster Risk Assessment.
In addition, the Commonwealth and State Governments are both contributing $11.5 million for the Launceston Flood Levee to protect the suburbs of Invermay and Inveresk.
“The Partnership Agreement has provided the basis of a great outcome for Tasmania, allowing us the flexibility to target areas of highest natural disaster risk while meeting agreed national priorities,” Ms Thorp said.