10 Years of Recovery and Resilience
The Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) was established in February 2011 following the devastating flooding and Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi that battered the state in the summer of 2010-11.
Since then, QRA has managed a recovery and reconstruction program worth more than $16.4 billion across more than 80 disaster events, partnering with councils and state agencies to deliver best practice administration of public reconstruction and resilience funds.
In 2015, the Queensland Government made QRA Australia’s first permanent disaster recovery agency, expanding its role to become lead agency for disaster recovery, resilience and mitigation policy.
In 2021, QRA is marking its 10-year anniversary and looks forward to continuing to work with councils and other stakeholders to support community recovery, reconstruction and resilience.
QRA’s key achievements and highlights since 2011:
- Relocating Grantham
- Brisbane Ferry Terminals and Brisbane Riverwalk
- Reconstructing Cardwell
- Toowoomba Flood Mitigation Works
- Brisbane River Catchment Flood Study
- Brisbane River Strategic Floodplain Management Plan
- Damage Assessment and Reconstruction Monitoring System
- Queensland Betterment Fund
- Get Ready Queensland
- Queensland Strategy for Disaster Resilience
- Resilient Queensland
- Regional Resilience Strategies
- Building guidance for Queensland homes
- Repeat Events and Dollars Index application
In this video founding QRA Chief Executive Officer Graeme Newton discusses how he set up the organisation to lead the reconstruction and recovery efforts following the 2011 flood and Cyclone Yasi.
Graeme was CEO from QRA's establishment in February 2011 until August 2014.