Gurmesh Singh

Support for the vast bushfire recovery effort continues with Phase 2 of the Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund (BCRRF), delivered by the NSW Nationals in the state government.

More than $25 million to promote community well-being, social and future disaster resilience will allow for more immediate funding to flow to local councils, community groups and not-for-profit organisations faster, while still supporting communities with medium and longer-term projects.

NSW Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh welcomed this support for a locally-led recovery, and said The Nationals were in it for the long haul.

“The NSW Nationals in the state government are committed to supporting bushfire-impacted communities on their journey to recovery,” Mr Singh said.

“Under a joint Commonwealth/NSW funding arrangement this funding allows communities to invest in projects that will directly benefit recovery efforts and help communities across NSW rebuild.

“We know that community-led recoveries provide the best chance for people to get back on their feet and for towns to come out the other end of a tragedy with even greater resilience and hope for the future.

“I’m pleased to say Stream 1 will provide $100,000 or $250,000 grants to local councils to support locally-led social recovery activities. Stream 2 will provide grants for social recovery and preparedness projects, which could include education programs about how to best prepare for future hazards and community activities to bring people together.

“My message to our bushfire-affected towns is that we are with you for the long haul.”

This brings the total BCRRF to over $35 million jointly funded by the NSW Nationals in the state and federal governments under Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements and is in addition to measures supported through the National Bushfire Recovery Fund. The BCRRF is administered by Resilience NSW.