$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

Recipient Project Funding
Bundaberg Regional Council Mobile Firefighting Equipment $178,457
Bundaberg Regional Council Washpool 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 Council Enhanced Resilience Project Officer $185,000
Gladstone Regional Council Replacement of Timber Bridge on Bindaree Road, Miriam Vale $1,612,320
Gympie Regional Council Bridge No. 37 Replacement, Ryan Road $585,000
Gympie Regional Council Bridge No. 52 Replacement, Glastonbury Creek Road $630,000
Gympie Regional Council Bridge No. 54 Replacement, Widgee Crossing Road $837,000
Gympie Regional Council Region wide Water Main Upgrades $1,080,000
Ipswich City Council Citywide resilience and preparedness project $262,020
Ipswich City Council FireStation 101 $280,000
Ipswich City Council Hardings Paddock Enviroplan Stage 2 $340,000
Livingstone Shire Council Emu Park West Reservoir $2,000,000
Livingstone Shire Council Wreck Point Walking Trails $500,000
Lockyer Valley Regional Council Digital Signage $425,000
Lockyer Valley Regional Council Rural Hall Upgrades $700,000
Mareeba Shire Council Chillagoe Bore and Water Main Construction $1,690,000
Mareeba Shire Council Mason Street Mareeba Sewer Main Upgrade $2,217,260
Noosa Shire Council Living FireTech Laboratory in Noosa $1,894,504
Noosa Shire Council Noosa Hinterland recreation trails upgrade (Pomona Section) $1,610,725
Noosa Shire Council Road Corridor Vegetation Clearing Works $110,684
Scenic Rim Region Boonah Cultural and Community Hub Upgrade $67,500
Scenic Rim Region Rebuilding communal and accommodation areas of Binna Burra Lodge $500,000
Scenic Rim Region Refurbish Tamborine Mountain Library $2,141,587
Scenic Rim Region Scenic Rim Entrepreneurial Hub Online Program $46,088
Scenic Rim Region Scenic Rim Supply Chain Capability Program $30,000
Scenic Rim Region Upgrades to Vonda Youngman Community Centre $600,009
Scenic Rim Region Upgrades to community facilities as social spaces and places of refuge $309,921
Somerset Region Brisbane Valley Rail Trail improvements - Stage 1 $478,800
Somerset Region Brisbane Valley Rail Trail Improvements - Stage 2 $1,502,961
Somerset Region Local Business Recovery Officer $400,000
Somerset Region Mountain to Mountain - Trail development and activation (Stage 1) $250,693
Somerset Region Mountain to Mountain - Trail development and activation (Stage 2) $384,988
Somerset Region Somerset Green Army - Bushfire Resilience Activities $1,300,000
Somerset Region Upgrade existing amenities and water supply - Moore Soldiers Memorial Hall $403,452
Southern Downs Regional Council Smart Water Meters
Southern Downs Regional Council Warwick Drag Strip Upgrade $1,900,000
Sunshine Coast Regional Council Train Sunshine Coast  $1,336,480
Toowoomba Regional Council Brisbane Valley Rail Trail - Recreational Infrastructure Upgrade $240,000
Toowoomba Regional Council Community Resilience and Development Officer $222,773
Toowoomba Regional Council Crows Nest Mountain Bike Mecca and Escarpment Escape  $106,242
Toowoomba Regional Council Electrical 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) 3008 7200.