THE state and federal government’s new buy-back and funding program for owners of flooded homes is getting a push locally by Logan City Council.

Mayor Darren Power wants people to take advantage of the program.

The Resilient Homes Fund will assist eligible homeowners to repair or retrofit their homes to incorporate flood-resilient design and materials in liveable rooms or areas.

Homes in high-risk areas that aren’t suitable for retrofitting may take part in a buyback scheme.

Cr Power said homeowners who experienced flooding should consider registering their interest.

“Unfortunately, much of South East Queensland was built on a floodplain and some areas of Logan are particularly prone to flooding,” Cr Power said.

“This initiative is opportunity to fix some of the more high-risk homes and make our city safer for residents in low-lying areas.

“More than $700 million dollars has been set aside but there are many places in Queensland that are eligible so it’s important our flood-impacted residents don’t delay in registering their interest.”

For home buybacks, funding will be provided to council to purchase the house and land. The land would then be re-zoned into non-liveable uses such as open space and green corridors.

Nearly 200 homes in the City of Logan were flooded in the February/March floods.

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