Snowy Valleys Council, Do It For Batlow, the Talbingo Progress and Ratepayers Association and the Adelong Tennis Club are among hundreds of community organisations awarded funding via a new bushfire recovery funding scheme.
173 community projects around the state are set to receive new funding as part of the Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund (BCRRF), provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-state Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.
Five community projects in the Snowy Valleys region have been awarded funding, valued at over $700,000 in total.
Snowy Valleys Council has been awarded $270,000 for a Regional Connectivity Project.
“The Snowy Valleys Tracks and Trails Project is the development of a comprehensive post-bushfire masterplan to link towns and villages across the LGA to create a cohesive approach to harnessing the opportunities for outdoor recreation, agritourism and art,” the project description reads.
Do It For Batlow have been given $300,000 to develop a Snowy Valleys Resilience Hub, which aims to “provide residents and local industry a place to meet with all levels of agency support; local groups to collectively plan recovery projects; and personnel to help support recovery projects and respond to emerging needs.”
The TPRA have received two grants – the first grant of $48,877 is to replace and update community signage in and around Talbingo, and the second of $88,657 to purchase and install fitness equipment along the community walking path.
Finally, the Adelong Tennis Club has been awarded $30,120 to “replace an unsafe, worn out tennis court so we have a facility for safe physical exercise in an environment that encourages social interaction for the wellbeing of our Adelong and surrounding area communities.”
Snowy Valleys Council mayor James Hayes welcomed the funding announcement.
“Anything that will assist us is gratefully received,” Cr Hayes said. “It will allow to undertake feasibility studies to progress various projects, not all of them by council.
“That includes various trail options and outdoor recreation projects, be it the riverwalk, cycle trails, the proposed wave facility on the Tumut River, or others.”
Minister for Emergency Management, David Littleproud, and NSW Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for Disaster Recovery, John Barilaro, announced the projects that were awarded funding on Sunday.
“This funding is supporting locally led recovery that focuses on community wellbeing, connectedness, social recovery, and future disaster resilience,” Mr Littleproud said.
Mr Barilaro said the projects would provide an important boost for local communities with a focus on long-term recovery efforts.
“This funding will support the ongoing, sustained efforts on the ground as communities continue to rebuild,” he said.
“The Australian and NSW governments have committed $4.4 billion to bushfire recovery with every bushfire affected LGA receiving support. These recovery efforts have been driven by locals who care about their communities and want to make a difference, and we are continuing to assist them through this process.
“The nature of these grants are locally led and diverse, depending on the needs of the communities, with projects targeted at issues like mental health and assisting local businesses.
“The number of high-quality submissions we received is a credit to the ingenuity and resilience of our regions and I am pleased to see more support going out to every corner of our state.”
Wagga-based MLC Wes Fang said the projects “will provide an important boost for the Snowy Valleys as the focus shifts from the provision of immediate assistance towards long-term recovery efforts.”
The funding is being provided via the BCRRF Stream 2, which was open to applications from September 29 2020 to December 11 2020. Stream 1 of the fund provided direct support for impacted councils to deliver locally based projects and community grants programs.
The NSW Government applied best practice to fairly assess all applications received, based on a set of principles to support the achievement of a high standard of probity, it says.
If anyone requires recovery support they are encouraged to contact the bushfire customer care line on 13 77 88, or visit the Service NSW website at www.service.nsw.gov.au.
For more information on bushfire funding measures to date, visit www.bushfirerecovery.gov.au