North Queensland residents will benefit from the renewal of the Household Resilience Program, recently announced by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk as part of the government’s Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs stimulus package.

The Household Resilience Program was established in 2018 to help homeowners whose homes were built prior to 1984. The program enables owners to strengthen and protect their homes from the damage caused by cyclones in the North Queensland regions between Bundaberg and Cape York.

Eligible homeowners can install products that have been approved for use in Cyclone regions C and D – the approved list includes doors, windows and Safe-S-Capes from Crimsafe Security Systems, all of which meet the 36 m/s requirement.

Since its introduction, the Household Resilience Program has reduced home building insurance premiums by an average of $310 per year, and strengthened over 1,750 older homes against the impact of cyclones.

Crimsafe’s Tensile-Tuff mesh and exclusive Screw-Clamp technology offer superior strength that protects homes against storm-driven debris from wind gusts up to 392kph. The unique ‘build-out’ installation, specifically designed for cyclone-prone regions, is the most effective way to protect a building’s doors and windows, which are very likely to get damaged during a storm.

While the State Government is supporting this program extension with $11.25 million, the Federal Government has also committed an additional $10 million as funding for the renewal.

The program renewal is being seen as a practical way to provide local jobs, improve the strength of vulnerable homes and reduce insurance premiums.

“It helps low-income homeowners in cyclone-prone areas feel more secure knowing that their home has been strengthened to give it a better chance of withstanding cyclonic weather conditions,” said Insurance Council of Australia’s head of communications, Campbell Fuller.

Owners of pre-1984 homes within cyclone-affected regions between Bundaberg and Cooktown are encouraged to check their eligibility for the Household Resilience Program and invest now in the long-term resilience of their homes and communities by taking advantage of the grants available.