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Mayor backs housing solution

City of Logan Mayor Darren Power is urging residents whose homes were affected by flooding earlier this year to register for a new buy-back and funding program.

The Resilient Homes Fund will assist eligible homeowners to repair or retrofit their homes to incorporate flood-resilient design and materials in liveable rooms or areas.

Homes in high-risk areas that aren’t suitable for retrofitting may take part in a buyback scheme.

The fund is jointly funded by the Queensland and Australian Governments.

Mayor Power said homeowners who experienced flooding should consider registering their interest.

“Unfortunately, much of South East Queensland was built on a floodplain and some areas of Logan are particularly prone to flooding,” Councillor Power said.

“This initiative is an opportunity to fix some of the more high-risk homes and make our city safer for residents in low-lying areas.

“More than $700 million dollars has been set aside but there are many places in Queensland that are eligible so it’s important our flood-impacted residents don’t delay in registering their interest.”

For home buybacks, funding will be provided to Council to purchase the house and land. The land would then be re-zoned into non-liveable uses such as open space and green corridors.

For further information visit Resilient Homes Fund.

The fund is administered by the Queensland Government. Logan City Council cannot answer inquiries relating to the program.

Nearly 200 homes in the City of Logan were flooded in the February/March rain event.

In response, Council launched a flood recovery package that supported impacted residents, small businesses and the environment.