Inala Homes to Get Up to $50,000 of Home Upgrades for Flood-Resilience

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Homeowners in Inala and Rosalie may take advantage of up to $50,000 funding for home upgrades as part of the Council’s $12 million Flood Resilient Homes program.

As part of the 2018-2019 Budget, the Flood Resilient Homes program aims to reduce the impact of flooding and assist in the fast recovery of residents affected by the flood.

“The new Flood Resilient Homes program will be a two-part scheme, with households first receiving a free in-home professional flood-risk assessment, to provide tailored information about how a property’s flood immunity could be boosted,” Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said.

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“Council will then offer eligible home-owners access to flood-resilient property upgrades, including retrofitting flood-resilient flooring and walls, relocation of electrics and services, as well as raising the level of timber homes.”

Cr Quirk said that the $12 million flood resilience program, which will be delivered over four years, is part of a commitment to ensure that the city has the services and infrastructure to meet the needs of the next generations.

“The owners of more than 220 houses in Rosalie and Inala North will be the first to benefit from the Flood Resilient Homes program, which has been developed in consultation with industry groups including the Insurance Council of Australia, Suncorp, Master Builders and Master Electricians,” he said.

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Residential properties that are at risk of being flooded one in every two years due to flash flooding in the two pilot precincts will hugely benefit from this program.

In the Council’s Annual Plan and Budget 2018-2019, a funding of $105.3 million is allocated for flood resilience under the $630.3 million budget to keep Brisbane clean, green and sustainable.

The program will offer huge benefits to residents of Inala since the suburb was amongst the places that experienced extreme flooding in 2011.

Council’s sustainability agency, CitySmart, will contact eligible residents in Rosalie and Inala in coming months to register for the Flood Resilient Homes program.