Community clubs across Brisbane will become more flood resilient under a new $2.6 million initiative.
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner revealed 51 sports and community clubs will share in the funds under the Rebuild and Recover – Flood Resilient Communities Program.
“Our clubs are critical to helping build even better communities throughout Brisbane’s suburbs,” Cr Schrinner said.
“Helping these clubs become more resilient means they will be able to bounce back faster at much lower costs in the event of another flood.
“We’ve already invested $500,000 to help clubs understand how to be more resilient following the devastating February 2022 flood, with this additional investment of $2.6 million taking the program to the next phase.
“While we can’t stop flooding, we can always be better prepared and help reduce the stress, time and cost spent recovering from a flood event.”
Under the Rebuild & Recover – Flood Resilient Communities Program:
- Clubs work with the Brisbane Sustainability Agency to engage experts to perform assessments on facilities and identify a high-level scope of works and repairs.
- A flood resilience plan is produced that shows clubs the best ways to improve resilience.
- Flood resilience works at their facilities include raising essential services such as electrical switchboards, power points, air conditioning compressors and hot water systems.
Cr Schrinner said the $2.6 million program will help clubs undertake works identified in their flood resilience plan.
“Every club is different, and Council will now help them deliver what’s in their plan over the next 12 months,” he said.
“From sporting clubs such as the Downey Park Netball Association and the Toowong Rowing Club to groups, including the Brisbane Jazz Club and the Scouts Association, this funding will boost resilience in all corners of our city.
“Between them, these 51 clubs have thousands of members, so our investment will benefit a significant number of Brisbane residents who are keen to see their local club get even better.”
Council will work closely with the 51 groups, with works proposed to be completed by mid-2024.