$36.8 million Local Economic Recovery Program - Category D


The Local Economic Recovery (LER) Program aims to support projects that contribute to local and regional economic and social recovery in areas most severely impacted by the 2019 Queensland Bushfires.

Funding acknowledgement

The funding is jointly provided by the Australian and Queensland governments through Category D of the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).


The objective of this funding is to support projects that enable economic and social recovery.

Projects agreed for co-funding under the LER Program may fall into one or more of the following categories and could include initiatives across economic, social, built and natural environment recovery domains that produce enduring benefits and improve future resilience within local communities.

  • Enabling infrastructure
  • Industry and business development
  • Social development
  • Natural environment and resource development
  • Built environment adaptation

Successful projects - list

Total amount $36,800,000

Bundaberg Regional CouncilMobile Firefighting Equipment$178,457
Bundaberg Regional CouncilWashpool Creek Naturalisation Project$2,777,660
Department of Environment and Science
Joseph Banks Conservation Park - Walking the Cultural Landscape$131,824
Department of Environment and Science
Cooloola Cove community protection$47,500
Department of Environment and Science
Rainbow Beach Izone Fire Enhancement$30,000
Department of Environment and Science
Stoney Creek Road upgrade - Byfield National Park$495,000
Department of Environment and Science
Bilwon State Forest -fireline and non vehicle visitor access.$204,000
Department of Environment and Science
(Noosa and Gympie)
Cooloola Great Walk Revitalisation$701,376
Department of Environment and Science
(Sunshine Coast)
Bribie Island Fireline and Access Tracks$205,000
Gladstone Regional CouncilEnhanced Resilience Project Officer$185,000
Gladstone Regional CouncilReplacement of Timber Bridge on Bindaree Road, Miriam Vale$1,612,320
Gympie Regional CouncilBridge No. 37 Replacement, Ryan Road$585,000
Gympie Regional CouncilBridge No. 52 Replacement, Glastonbury Creek Road$630,000
Gympie Regional CouncilBridge No. 54 Replacement, Widgee Crossing Road$837,000
Gympie Regional CouncilRegion wide Water Main Upgrades$1,080,000
Ipswich City CouncilCitywide resilience and preparedness project$262,020
Ipswich City CouncilFireStation 101$280,000
Ipswich City CouncilHardings Paddock Enviroplan Stage 2$340,000
Livingstone Shire CouncilEmu Park West Reservoir$2,000,000
Livingstone Shire CouncilWreck Point Walking Trails$500,000
Lockyer Valley Regional CouncilDigital Signage$425,000
Lockyer Valley Regional CouncilRural Hall Upgrades$700,000
Mareeba Shire CouncilChillagoe Bore and Water Main Construction$1,690,000
Mareeba Shire CouncilMason Street Mareeba Sewer Main Upgrade$2,217,260
Noosa Shire CouncilLiving FireTech Laboratory in Noosa$1,894,504
Noosa Shire CouncilNoosa Hinterland recreation trails upgrade (Pomona Section)$1,610,725
Noosa Shire CouncilRoad Corridor Vegetation Clearing Works$110,684
Scenic Rim RegionBoonah Cultural and Community Hub Upgrade$67,500
Scenic Rim RegionRebuilding communal and accommodation areas of Binna Burra Lodge$500,000
Scenic Rim RegionRefurbish Tamborine Mountain Library$2,141,587
Scenic Rim RegionScenic Rim Entrepreneurial Hub Online Program$46,088
Scenic Rim RegionScenic Rim Supply Chain Capability Program$30,000
Scenic Rim RegionUpgrades to Vonda Youngman Community Centre$600,009
Scenic Rim RegionUpgrades to community facilities as social spaces and places of refuge$309,921
Somerset RegionBrisbane Valley Rail Trail improvements - Stage 1$478,800
Somerset RegionBrisbane Valley Rail Trail Improvements - Stage 2$1,502,961
Somerset RegionLocal Business Recovery Officer$400,000
Somerset RegionMountain to Mountain - Trail development and activation (Stage 1)$250,693
Somerset RegionMountain to Mountain - Trail development and activation (Stage 2)$384,988
Somerset RegionSomerset Green Army - Bushfire Resilience Activities$1,300,000
Somerset RegionUpgrade existing amenities and water supply - Moore Soldiers Memorial Hall$403,452
Southern Downs Regional CouncilSmart Water Meters
Southern Downs Regional CouncilWarwick Drag Strip Upgrade$1,900,000
Sunshine Coast Regional CouncilTrain Sunshine Coast $1,336,480
Toowoomba Regional CouncilBrisbane Valley Rail Trail - Recreational Infrastructure Upgrade$240,000
Toowoomba Regional CouncilCommunity Resilience and Development Officer$222,773
Toowoomba Regional CouncilCrows Nest Mountain Bike Mecca and Escarpment Escape $106,242
Toowoomba Regional CouncilElectrical Infrastructure Resilience for TRC Water Supply$1,908,176

Interactive map: Successful projects

Guidelines and eligible applicants

Eligible applicants include local governments and Queensland Government departments and agencies undertaking projects in the following local government areas:

  • Scenic Rim
  • Lockyer Valley
  • Somerset
  • Southern Downs
  • Livingstone
  • Gladstone
  • Bundaberg
  • Gympie
  • Ipswich City
  • Mareeba Shire
  • Noosa Shire
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Toowoomba

Delivery and acquittal - state agencies and councils

  • Progress reporting and close out of a submission can be done in the MARS Portal following completion of works and full expenditure. Refer to the MARS Portal user guide - Progress reporting and close outs
  • When preparing the close out, the following should be attached as supporting documents on the submission details page of the MARS Portal:
    • Photos of completed works (asset projects only).
  • For assistance in completing the close out submission, please contact your Regional Liaison Officer (RLO).


For questions in relation to the program, please email submissions@qra.qld.gov.au or phone (07) 3740 1700.