Raft of flood betterment projects are set to get the nod
A RAFT of flood betterment projects for Bundaberg are due to be announced within weeks.
Community Recovery and Resilience Minister David Crisafulli said he had read all the submissions from councils, including Bundaberg Regional Council.
"I can safely predict there are many projects that will get the nod in the Bundaberg region because they represent good value for money," he said.
"There are more than a couple of dozen projects that really hit the mark."
Mr Crisafulli said betterment was vital because the same "bits of infrastructure" were being washed away repeatedly in floods.
Mr Crisafulli said applications from more than 48 councils proved the $80 million joint federal/state fund fell well short of the mark.
Flood-affected Queensland councils had applied for nearly $1 billion of Betterment Fund projects to make assets more flood-resilient.
Mr Crisafulli vowed to continue lobbying the Federal Government and the Opposition to raise the State Government's preferred $200 million funding pool.
"I plan to ... try to secure commitments to bring it up to $200 million," he said.
"The strong interest from councils has confirmed ... they have been frustrated going through the motions replacing 'like-for-like' only to see it washed away the next time it floods.
"While you will never completely flood-proof a state as big and diverse as Queensland, I know that stronger assets this time around will ensure the recovery bill will be reduced the next time disaster strikes."
Mr Crisafulli said the projects predominantly related to stronger roads and drainage, but other infrastructure such as water and sewage treatment plants, bridges and culverts had also been forwarded.
Several councils also submitted additional requests totalling nearly $400 million to fund upgrades to State Government assets such as important Department of Transport and Main Roads' thoroughfares.
"While the Federal Government has ruled state assets ineligible, the submissions prove that in many cases councils see these as their number one priority," Mr Crisafulli said.