Funding boost to build better community resilience

27 July 2018

Communities in New South Wales will receive $1.22 million in grants under the Community Resilience Innovation Program to boost their resilience to natural disasters.

The assistance is part of the jointly funded Commonwealth-State National Partnership Agreement on Natural Disaster Resilience.

Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security Angus Taylor, who has responsibility for Commonwealth disaster assistance, said this funding will support 14 projects designed to improve disaster preparedness in New South Wales.

“This funding will support communities to better withstand natural disasters and minimise impacts,” Mr Taylor said.

The New South Wales Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant said the successful recipients will use the funding to increase collaboration between local community organisations and emergency service agencies to strengthen community preparedness and resilience in the face of future natural disasters.

“As was demonstrated with the Tathra fire earlier this year and Northern NSW floods in 2017 communities need to work together to prepare for and recover from these and other natural disasters,” Mr Grant said.

“By working at improving the capacity of our communities to withstand and recover from future natural disasters, we can reduce the impact of these devastating events.”

NSW community organisations, local councils and emergency services agencies are among the recipients. For example, Meals on Wheels will use the funding to train volunteers to provide emergency preparedness education for their clients; Little River Landcare in the central western region of NSW will develop the capacity of community leaders to provide long term disaster recovery support.

Further information can be found at The Office of Emergency Management.