Australian government proposes $200m for flood protection research and development

Australian government plans to spend $200 million on flood protection technology research and training, as it seeks to boost its flood resilience.

Key points:The Government will provide $200million to the R&D Fund to support a range of technologies, including flood management, water infrastructure, technology assessment and risk managementThe funding will help the Government better understand and address flood risk in the future and will include $100 million for flood mitigation and water infrastructure researchThe Federal Government has also pledged to provide funding for an integrated flood risk assessment and to develop and test a new flood management systemThe Federal government said it would spend $100m for its research and infrastructure programme, including $50m to support the R &D Fund and $50 million to help with the development and testing of an integrated risk management system.

“We need to be prepared for and prepare for and be able to prepare for the future,” Federal Infrastructure Minister Josh Frydenberg said.

“I think we are starting to do that with a couple of projects.”

Mr Frydenburg said the R and D Fund was the largest infrastructure development funding mechanism for Australian state and territory governments.

“It is critical for us to have a strong research and technology foundation to ensure our flood defences are as effective as they can be,” he said.

A spokeswoman for the Federal Government said the $200-million was the most the Government had spent on flood defences since the Government’s flood planning in 2015.

“In the past few years we have invested over $1.3 billion in flood defences across the country, of which $400 million was funded by the RDRF, with the Government committing to an additional $400m for the next five years,” she said.

In October last year, the Government announced a new national flood management strategy to reduce flooding risks in the long-term, but the strategy was not announced until January this year.

“What we’re trying to do is build a stronger, more resilient national flood protection system,” Federal Environment Minister Josh Entsch said at the time.

“If we do not build the right system, we will have to look at building a lot more, including a national flood mitigation strategy.”

There is no doubt that the infrastructure and the risk management will be a huge part of that.

“Mr Entsch has been a major supporter of the flood defence program and has previously been critical of some of the research that has gone into the plan.”

The R&P Fund was designed with the flood risk management as its first priority, and the funding will support that priority,” he told reporters last year.

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