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Floodplain Management Grants Available

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams is encouraging local councils to apply for a NSW Government Floodplain Management grant to help manage local flood risks.  

Mrs Williams said this grant program helped reduce flood risks to communities, which can ultimately save councils millions of dollars.

 

“We have all witnessed the devastating impact floods can have on communities.” 

 

“I encourage our local councils to apply for this year’s round of funding, which will help communities to prepare for extreme weather events well in advance of them occurring.

 

“Through the assistance of the NSW Government, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council is currently completing a project for the Dunbogan Flood Access Construction Stage One with a grant of $1.6 million,” Mrs Williams said.

 

“In the 2015-2015 round of funding, Greater Taree City Council was awarded a grant of $89,400 to undertake the Review and Update of the Manning River Flood Study.

 

“These grants help councils to be better prepared and equipped to implement floodplain risk management plans in an effort to reduce the impact of a potential flood,” Mrs Williams said.

 

Environment Minister Mark Speakman said last year’s grants provided almost $7 million for 16 projects throughout NSW.

 

“This grants program helps councils and other eligible agencies fund flood studies and risk management plans, major projects such as flood levees, flood gates and flood warning systems, and purchasing and raising homes in high risk flooding areas,” Mr Speakman said.

 

Councils, county councils and other government bodies with floodplain risk management responsibilities equivalent to those of councils are eligible to apply.

 

Applications for the 2016 -17 Floodplain Management Program are open until the 17th March.

 

For more information visit www.environment.nsw.gov.au/coasts/Floodgrants.htm

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