The NSW Nationals in the state and federal governments have announced two $200 million recovery packages for NSW communities affected by the February and March storms and floods.
The first package, for flood recovery, will deliver eight key initiatives targeted at supporting the next phase of recovery for flood-affected communities and industries.
The focus will be on enabling industry recovery and job retention, helping to rebuild community infrastructure, delivering a range of projects to safeguard mental health and community wellbeing, and ensuring impacted regions have the resources they need to bounce back.
The second package – a $200 million Infrastructure Betterment Fund – will be established to support the reconstruction and improved disaster resilience of public assets damaged during the storms and floods as well as the 2019-20 bushfires.
Deputy Premier and NSW Nationals leader John Barilaro said the 50/50 jointly funded package complemented the funding provided to date and would play a key role in supporting long-term recovery.
“The NSW Nationals in the state and federal governments continue to stand by communities who were hit by devastating storms and floods earlier this year, many of whom were already reeling from the impacts of prolonged drought, bushfires, and COVID,” Mr Barilaro said.
“We cannot underestimate the mental health and wellbeing of those impacted by these disasters and I’m pleased that we’ve been able to provide extensive support to assist communities hardest hit, as well as dedicated flood Community Recovery Officers in highly impacted LGAs to play the same important role as those already supporting bushfire-affected areas.”
For further information call Service NSW on 13 77 88 or online at service.nsw.gov.au/floods.
Information on disaster assistance is also available on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at disasterassist.gov.au.