Members of the Nambucca and Kempsey communities will benefit from funding dedicated to delivering projects and community grants programs thanks to the NSW Nationals in the state and federal governments’ Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund (BCRRF).
The fund provides more than $25 million to promote community wellbeing, and disaster resilience in impacted areas.
NSW Nationals Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey and NSW Nationals Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan announced that Nambucca Valley Council and Kempsey Shire Council will receive a payment of $250,000 each to provide a community grants program to support local activities and events, and facilitate delivery of community workshops to enhance wellbeing.
Ms Pavey said the outcomes of this work would ensure the community has improved capacity and capability to respond to future disasters.
“We are committed to supporting communities on the long road to recovery after last season’s unprecedented bushfires. We know that when it comes to these types of projects locals know best, so we are empowering local communities to make best use of this funding,” Ms Pavey said.
Mr Conaghan said he was pleased a further $250,000 had been provided to Nambucca Valley Council and Kempsey Shire Council.
“Councils across Cowper are delivering some practical projects to support their communities in their continued recovery from the Black Summer Bushfires,” he said.
“Bushfire support provided direct to councils to date include $12,894,667 for Kempsey Shire Council; $5,161,667 for Nambucca Valley Council; and $1,370,000 for Bellingen Shire Council.”
Deputy Premier John Barilaro said these grants focus on locally-led recovery and are an example of the continued financial assistance provided by the NSW Nationals in Government.
“The $250,000 will enable the the local council to work with their community members on social recovery activities and locally-led initiatives to help communities recover,” Mr Barilaro.
“The NSW Nationals in Government remain committed to supporting everyone who has been impacted by bushfires.”