Burdekin residents who own a house built before 1984 may be able to receive Queensland Government funding to help improve the resilience of their homes against cyclones.
$20M is now available under the Household Resilience Program for owner-occupiers who live within a recognised cyclone risk area and who meet the income eligibility requirements.
Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin confirmed the Burdekin fell within the recognised cyclone risk area, which spans north from Bundaberg to the Queensland/Northern Territory border and 50km within the coastline.
“As we are all aware, the risk of cyclones in North Queensland is very real,” she said.
“Burdekin residents have suffered the devastating impacts of cyclones before. The Queensland Government’s Household Resilience Program is an opportunity for low-income earners to make significant improvements to their homes and minimise the potential for future damage. I encourage residents to check their eligibility and apply as soon as possible to avoid missing out.”
Under the co-contribution program, applicants can receive funding for 75% of the cost of improvements, up to a maximum grant of $11,250.
Applicants must contribute the remaining 25%; however loans are available through the Household Resilience Program.
Valid improvements include roof replacement; roof structure tie-down upgrades; replacement of garage doors and frames; window protection including cyclone shutters or screens; tie downs of external structures; and replacement of external hollow core doors with solid core external grade doors.
Applications are now open.
For more information including the full eligibility requirements and how to apply, visit www.qld.gov.au/strongerhomes