30 November 2020

Bega, Queanbeyan and Cooma benefit from additional bushfire recovery funding

| Sharon Kelley
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Michael McCormack, Scott Morrison, Vernon Drew and Jim Molan.

From left: Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack; Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Vernon Drew; and NSW Senator Jim Molan. Photo: Supplied.

The Federal and NSW governments are jointly funding regional councils under stream one of the Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund (BCRRF) to help promote community wellbeing, social and future disaster resilience.

Bega Valley Shire Council, Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council and Snowy Monaro Regional Council will each receive a $250,000 payment to support a range of projects.

“This funding will be great for Bega Valley,” said NSW Senator Jim Molan. “The project will support a range of recovery and resilience projects and will support local communities and businesses, including a series of business resilience workshops and community grant programs focusing on commemorations and business recovery.

“This funding will be great for Queanbeyan-Palerang. The funding will go towards developing a Disaster Resilience Action Plan for the Braidwood area, focusing on community recovery and wellbeing.

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“This funding will also be great for the Snowy Monaro region. Snowy Monaro Regional Council will build capacity and resilience in the community with an emphasis on supporting youth, volunteer development, community communication and consultation.

“Our local fire affected communities have distinct sets of circumstances and recovery needs so it’s great to see money directed at the things that matter here in the Shoalhaven.”

Federal Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud said the funding will ensure councils can invest in smaller projects that directly benefit recovery efforts, and help communities across NSW to recover in their own way.

“We are continuing to work closely with state governments and councils to ensure funding is available for a range of recovery projects which are identified and delivered at the local and community level,” he said.

“This direct funding to councils is in addition to $25 million set aside for community-led projects under stream two of the BCRRF program, as well as funding support provided through the National Bushfire Recovery Fund.

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“I am also pleased to confirm the closing date for community applications for stream two of the BCRRF has been extended. This will ensure everyone with a recovery project idea has enough time to work up their idea and get an application in.”

Applications for stream two of the BCRRF program will now be accepted until 12 pm on 11 December, 2020, and can be submitted online.

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