Major funding to boost North Burnett disaster resilience
THE BURNETT Catchment Care Association has announced the launch of a landmark new project to enhance the natural disaster resilience of the North Burnett's agricultural communities.
Building Resilience in the North Burnett is a project jointly-funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments under the Natural Disaster Resilience Program.
The substantial grant comes in response to the seven flooding disasters and two drought declarations that have wreaked havoc the region over the past eight years.
Mayor Rachel Chambers welcomed the announcement, highlighting the devastating impact that natural disasters have had on primary producers.
"The North Burnett has been devastated with recurrent natural disasters in recent years,” Cr Chambers said.
"It erodes not only the land, but also the social and economic fabric of our communities.”
The funding has allowed BCCA to hire to a new full-time staffer, Kirstie Roffey, to lead the project that will develop strategies for the long-term success of North Burnett farmers.
The additional resources will enable BCCA to identify alternatives for local growers and create a vision for sustainable agriculture in the district.
BCCA's general manager Katie Muller said Ms Roffey's extensive background in agribusiness and finance made her a perfect fit for the role.
"She will be assisting agribusinesses in identifying and planning ways to reduce the risks associated with natural disasters and providing them with the necessary information, resources, skills and connections to make improved planning decisions for disaster resilience,” Mrs Muller said.
"Having an experienced officer to guide farmers to determine new methods will increase their preparedness for future disasters and minimise financial and physical damage.
"I anticipate that the process will build the capacity of individual farmers who have been devastated by flooding and other natural disasters in the past and this in itself will be invaluable to our individual farming operations and the community as a whole.”
For more information or to get involved with the Building Resilience in the North Burnett project, please visit www.betterburnett.com or call (07) 4166 3898.