New bushfire resilience and recovery funding for the Hawkesbury

Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Funding for bushfire recovery continues to be delivered for the Hawkesbury, with the Australian and New South Wales Governments today announcing that over $1.6 million will be invested across 13 projects. 

The 13 local projects are among more than 150 others approved under Stream Two of the Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund (BCRRF). 

Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, said the projects would be driven locally. 

“Both state and federal levels of government are yet again throwing their support behind community-led solutions,” Senator Payne said. 

“The funding package is focused on boosting community wellbeing, connectedness, social recovery, and future disaster resilience because we know how important this is to our long-term recovery effort.”

Member for Hawkesbury, Robyn Preston MP, said that these projects will support Hawkesbury’s local communities.

“The NSW Liberals alongside the Australian Government are building a safer and stronger NSW by continuing to deliver funding to bushfire affected communities,” Ms Preston said.

“These projects, alongside the wide range of support offered by the NSW Government in response to the Hawkesbury storms and floods, will promote community wellbeing and build resilience for any future disasters that may affect Hawkesbury.”

Stream Two comprises $29 million from the Australian and NSW governments, for locally led bushfire recovery projects, through the jointly funded Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements 

Australian Minister for Emergency Management, the Hon David Littleproud MP, thanked all those who took time to put in applications under BCRRF, and the many people in communities who will keep working hard to deliver the projects.

“The Australian and NSW governments are working hand in hand with councils and communities to deliver this funding in the hardest hit communities in NSW – just another way we can support local people as they drive their recovery,” Mr Littleproud said.

“It will take years, not months, for these communities to recover and the Australian Government will be with them every step of the way, delivering the support they so desperately need.” 

Senator Payne said the delivery of BCRRF funding coincides with a variety of supports activated in response to the NSW storm and flood events which severely impacted the Hawkesbury.

“As a result of the 2019-20 bushfires, over $8.4 million, representing over 7,000 payments, has been directed into the bank accounts of locals under the Disaster Recovery Payment.

“This is the same financial assistance program for which eligible locals are now able to apply for.

“As with our ongoing bushfire recovery effort, the federal government will work hand-in-hand across the community to deliver the essential on-the-ground supports as required.”

Funding for BCRRF is just one of the initiatives supported by the Australian Government to help communities recover from the 2019-20 bushfires.

To date, more than $1.9 billion in Australian Government support has been provided to help bushfire affected communities, including $1.3 billion spent so far from the National Bushfire Recovery Fund. 

More information is available about all 173 funded projects at www.nsw.gov.au/grants-and-funding/bushfire-community-recovery-and-resilience-fund.

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