Senator Payne calls on the Blue Mountains community to prepare ideas for bushfire recovery funding
Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, is calling on the Blue Mountains community to apply for grants of between $200,000 and $20 million to support bushfire recovery projects.
Applications will open on 27 October for the $250 million Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund, co-funded by the NSW and Australian governments.
Funding for projects could include, but are not limited to:
• Local community and cultural infrastructure
• Tourism campaigns (including digital product development) and regional events
• Workforce adaptation and work ready training programs
• Community wellbeing and mental health programs
• Walking and mountain bike trail development
• Community refuge centres and fire-resistant infrastructure.
Organisations such as councils, businesses, joint organisations, business chambers, charities, local Aboriginal Land Councils and state government agencies will be able to apply for funding.
Senator Payne said the Local Economic Recovery Fund was a valuable opportunity for locals to help steer the bushfire recovery effort.
"Recovery needs to be locally-led, with money invested in the things that matter here in the Blue Mountains, and that’s what this Bushfire Local Economic Recovery program is all about,” Senator Payne said.
“Now is the time for our community to work together and put forward considered ideas that will support the local economy and boost bushfire resilience now and into the future.”
Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, the Hon David Littleproud MP, said COVID has made bushfire recovery that much harder, but bushfire affected communities have not been forgotten.
“It’s not an easy road, but this funding for locally-identified bushfire recovery projects is another step in the right direction, to help communities get back on their feet,” Minister Littleproud said.
“Overall, governments have set aside more than $500 million for bushfire recovery projects in New South Wales, so this $250 million program is only the start. I look forward to seeing what project ideas people come up with and the benefits that will flow long term.”
Additional to this open call for project proposals, shovel-ready projects are already being identified in bushfire affected areas so they can be fast tracked to provide community and economic benefit as quickly as possible. Information about these projects will be released in coming weeks.
Overall, more than $500 million joint funding from the Australian and NSW Governments will be provided to support projects driving local economic, community and industry recovery in bushfire affected communities.
Funding for Local Economic Recovery projects is just one of the initiatives supported by the Australian Government’s National Bushfire Recovery Fund, which is worth more than $2 billion. To date, more than $1.8 billion in Australian Government support has been provided to help bushfire affected communities, including $1.2 billion spent so far from the National Bushfire Recovery Fund.
For more information, including guidelines, visit www.nsw.gov.au/blerfund.