You may think of a local club as somewhere for a bite to eat, a drink with your mates or to celebrate your footy team winning. What you might not think about is what your local club can do in times of natural disasters…
Though often used as a place of celebration, clubs can play a vital role in helping the community through times of natural disasters by providing shelter, food and protection to those in the community who are most in need.
They also often double as a base for emergency workers, offering food and respite away from the frontline of floods and fires. To continue to act as a rallying point for bush communities, clubs need to have the best emergency service capabilities.
Fortunately NSW Nationals Leader Troy Grant has announced funds to go to four Central West communities for upgrading facilities and installing new equipment such as power generators to better respond to natural disasters.
Dubbo RSL Memorial Club will receive $170,000, Lithgow Workers Club will receive $50,000, Orange Ex-Services Club will receive $300,000 and Parkes Bowling Club will receive $10,000.
The grants come following changes in NSW Legislation so that Registered Clubs have the ability by law to become centres of shelter in emergencies to any local resident within a five kilometre radius.