Townsville City Council is hosting information sessions for homeowners this Wednesday and Thursday to provide information on how to apply for funding to improve the resilience to their homes against cyclones.
The Queensland Government’s Household Resilience Program offers eligible home owners up to $11,250 to provide home improvements for residents living within 50km of the coast.
Local Disaster Management Group Deputy Chair Cr Kurt Rehbein said the grants will provide eligible home owners with necessary improvements to help protect their properties against damage during cyclone season.
“Preparing your property for cyclone season is essential to staying safe and recovering quickly in the event of a cyclone,” Cr Rehbein said.
“It’s really important to be prepared for weather events that threaten our city – Council is urging residents to be cyclone ready before the storm season hits.
“This is a great opportunity for residents to learn how to make their home more resilient at a reduced cost through the Queensland Government’s Household Resilience Program.”
Public Works Minister Mick de Brenni said recent years had seen far too many families facing the double-whammy and heartbreak of cyclone damage plus insurance premium hikes just when they are trying to get back on their feet.
“A much better option is to improve the resilience of free-standing dwellings, especially those built before 1984 when tougher regulations were introduced,” he said.
“We have been listening to Townsville residents who say they need this support to ensure the safety and security of their homes during cyclone season, and that’s why we’ve introduced the Household Resilience Program.
“Participating households may be able to negotiate a reduced home insurance premium with their preferred insurer, so I would encourage pre-1984 home owners in Townsville to seriously consider applying.”
The information sessions will run from 5pm Wednesday and 6pm Thursday at Reid Park. The sessions will run for about an hour.
Cr Rehbein said staff from the Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works would be on hand to provide expert advice.