Issued: 20 December 2016
Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and NSW Minister for Finance, Services and Property Dominic Perrottet today announced payment of $415,080 in recovery assistance to Blue Mountains City Council for damage caused by the October 2013 Bushfires.
Mr Keenan said the assistance was being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).
"The Commonwealth and the New South Wales governments are committed to working together to assist the Blue Mountains community to recover from the impact of the bushfires," Mr Keenan said.
"The NDRRA program gives councils confidence to proactively step into recovery mode without delay, knowing that they will be able to access funding for disaster recovery activities.
"Today's funding announcement will reimburse the Blue Mountains Council for costs associated with debris clean-up and restoration of essential public assets, including roads, drains and footpaths."
Mr Perrottet commended council, emergency services workers and local residents and businesses who helped with the clean-up and recovery.
"The funding will help relieve the council and its ratepayers of the burden of costs associated with this natural disaster," Mr Perrottet said.
"This is the second natural disaster payment to Blue Mountains City Council and is part of the governments' $10.5 million aid package to combat the effect of the bushfires.
"Natural disasters are always a challenge for communities. This funding demonstrates the commitment of both our governments to invest in the recovery of disaster affected communities by ensuring damaged assets can be restored."