BUSHFIRE RECOVERY PROJECTS TO SUPPORT COMMUNITY

The regions impacted by the recent bushfires will soon have a number of new projects benefitting business and community, thanks to the joint NSW and Commonwealth Government’s Bushfire Community Resilience and Economic Recovery Fund.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman MP today announced funding to for projects in Upper Lachlan Shire, Goulburn Mulwaree and Wingecarribee Shire Councils.

Mrs Tuckerman said local communities are continuing to recover and while the immediate focus remains on clean-up and rebuilding lives, funding for a number of programs and community projects will provide a much-needed morale boost across the region.

“This program is supporting a great variety of initiatives that will provide knowledge to locals, opportunities to lure tourists back to the region and ways improve our communities that endured the summer bushfires – all small steps to help our community recover,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

The funded projects include:

  • $100,000 to Upper Lachlan Shire Council for Marketing and Events to support Economic and Community Recovery and Community Resilience including: a Youth Day in Taralga, an Bushfire and Businesses Event, and the development of Local Business Directory and App for the Upper Lachlan Shire.
  • $100,000 to Goulburn Mulwaree Council for development of a community event and construction of a sculpture garden in Tallong, as well as business resilience workshops in Goulburn.
  • $250,000 to Wingecarribee Shire Council which will go towards extending and amplifying the  regions Tourism Marketing and Public Relations campaign; implementation and hosting Business Events Familiarisation for Conference organisers; a small grants program for local and not for profit organisations; as well as the creation of a long term sustainability plan for agribusiness in the shire.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the NSW Government is working with councils directly impacted by bushfire to deliver targeted assistance that will speed up the recovery process and help to get local economies back on track.

“Councils know what their communities need to recover, rebuild and become more resilient, which is why we have been working directly with them to get projects approved quickly, get money out the door and get them up and running,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Across regional NSW, the Bushfire Community Resilience and Economic Recovery Fund is delivering projects that build business resilience, restore community infrastructure, upgrade evacuation centres and information boards so communities are better placed to deal with future disasters.

“These projects and initiatives are being championed by industry and community groups, local councils and other organisations and I thank them for their commitment and dedication to supporting families and businesses in need.”

The Bushfire Community Resilience and Economic Recovery Fund is jointly funded by the NSW Government and Commonwealth.

Other bushfire support measures include the NSW and Commonwealth Governments sharing the cost for the clean-up of registered residential and small business properties, the NSW Government’s $1 billion fund to replace vital infrastructure, $75,000 grants for bushfire affected primary producers, $50,000 grants for bushfire affected small businesses and a $140 million bushfire support package for the forestry, horticulture and agriculture industries.

For a full list of all available bushfire support, go to www.service.nsw.gov.au.

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