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Media Release - State Funding Available to Improve Homes' Cyclone Resilience

11th September 2018

Hinchinbrook residents who own a house built before 1984 may be able to receive Queensland Government funding to help improve the resilience of their homes against cyclones.

$20M is now available under the Household Resilience Program for owner-occupiers who live within a recognised cyclone risk area and who meet the income eligibility requirements.

Mayor Ramon Jayo said ‘The Queensland Government’s Household Resilience Program is an opportunity for low-income earners to make significant improvements to their homes and minimise the potential for future damage.’

‘Cyclones are a part of living in North Queensland and it is important that we are all prepared. I strongly encourage residents to check their eligibility and if eligible, apply as soon as possible to avoid missing out.’

Under the co-contribution program, applicants can receive funding for 75% of the cost of improvements, up to a maximum grant of $11,250.

Applicants must contribute the remaining 25%; however loans are available through the Household Resilience Program.

Valid improvements include roof replacement; roof structure tie-down upgrades; replacement of garage doors and frames; window protection including cyclone shutters or screens; tie downs of external structures; and replacement of external hollow core doors with solid core external grade doors.

For more information including the full eligibility requirements and how to apply, visit www.qld.gov.au/strongerhomes.

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