Funding for disaster preparation

EMERGENCY Services Minister Steve Whan has announced more than $17 million in funding for projects to make communities safer and more resilient to the impacts of natural disasters.

Mr Whan said $17.3- million in State and Commonwealth funding was available over two years for projects under the joint Natural Disaster Resilience Grants Scheme (NDRGS).

“Natural disasters such as floods, storms and bushfires cost NSW millions of dollars a year in damage to homes, businesses and public infrastructure,” he said.

“Just as significantly, they can cause major disruption to entire communities and a great deal of heartache to individuals who suffer hardship, injury and loss.

“The Natural Disaster Resilience Grants Scheme is aimed at helping build safer, sustainable communities that are better prepared, more resilient and can recover more quickly when disaster strikes.

“The kinds of projects that could be eligible include preventative works such as the construction of levees or permanent fire breaks, natural disaster risk management studies, disaster warning systems and community awareness campaigns.

“I would encourage councils and other agencies around the State to apply for grants for projects to help build disaster resilience under the 2009/10 and 2010/11 funding rounds, which are being run concurrently.”

Application forms and guidelines and further information are available on www.emergency. nsw.gov.au/programsgrants

Applications close on April 16, 2010.



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