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$2.8M to Improve Natural Disaster Resilience
Local MP Steven Ciobo has welcomed today’s Commonwealth-State joint funding announcement of more than $3 million for community resilience projects in the Gold Coast and Scenic Rim council areas.
Mr Ciobo said $2.8 million in funding had been committed on the Gold Coast to help the community better prepare and respond to natural disasters.
Projects are jointly supported with Commonwealth and Queensland State Government funding as part of the $52.2 million national partnership agreement on natural disaster resilience.
“Gold Coast residents know all too well the effect of natural disasters on our fragile beach environments,” Mr Ciobo said.
Student-made app helps out in natural disasters
An app created by former Hutt Valley High School students became the first port of call for many people needing information after the November 14 earthquake.
During the flooding and aftershocks of the 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake the Wellington Now app collected vital information on quakes, weather and traffic to report to users.
Nick Hyland, Rakshana Premasiri and Dipesh Patel created the app in July 2015. They were in their final year at Hutt Valley High and the app was their business studies project. Since then it has had more than 5000 downloads on iOS.
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