Bushfire Local Economic Recovery package welcome

LISMORE MP Janelle Saffin has welcomed a range of successful projects under the NSW-Australian governments’ Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund Stage 2 which will build resilience in local communities across her Electorate of Lismore.

LISMORE MP Janelle Saffin has welcomed a range of successful projects under the NSW-Australian governments’ Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund Stage 2 which will build resilience in local communities across her Electorate of Lismore.

“Many of these diverse projects are ones which I have lobbied for or backed in since the 2019 bushfires had a devastating impact on residents and businesses in Tenterfield Shire, Kyogle, Lismore City and Tweed Shire local government areas,” Ms Saffin said.

“I welcome this funding as something positive that has come out of those dark days but we know that the BLER Fund was heavily over-subscribed so those who missed out will be deflated.

“The Department of Regional NSW has offered feedback sessions for unsuccessful applicants to identify future funding opportunities, which may include the Australian Government’s upcoming $280-million Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants program.”

Our package of successful projects, by LGA, include:

Tenterfield Shire:

  • $5,746,545 to Tenterfield Shire Council to construct and seal the final 7.6-kilometre section of Mount Lindesay Road (MR622) at two locations – Liston to Tenterfield (5.5km) and Cullendore Road to Legume (2.1km).
  • $960,000 to Tenterfield Shire Council to provide a water source and minor reticulation services for the villages of Drake, Liston, Legume and Torrington.
  • $220,000 to Granite Borders Landcare Committee Incorporated for a Regenerative Agriculture Officer to lead a series of training events and workshops for local farmers and rural businesses.
  • $900,974 for Anglicare’s Road to Recovery Program to engage hard-to-reach communities and provide case management, employment of local recovery workers and community information sessions about post-trauma support.

Kyogle:

  • $4,500,000 to Kyogle Council to construct the Kyogle Health and Wellbeing Hub, a multi-purpose community centre near the Kyogle Memorial Swimming Pool which will also function as an emergency evacuation centre in times of natural disasters.
  • $990,001 to Kyogle Council to improve major open spaces and communities in the fire-affected villages of Woodenbong, Bonalbo and Tabulam, ensuring each community has functional and safe recreational areas, and places of refuge during adverse events.
  • $959,952 to Upper Clarence Combined Landcare Incorporated to manage bush regeneration by local Aboriginal teams on three fire-damaged properties by controlling weeds, replanting native species, installing nest boxes and reinstating fire trails. Project crosses into Tenterfield Shire as well.
  • $1,000,000 to the Great Eastern Rangers to work with its established regional partner networks to support the recovery of bushfire-impacted communities in Kyogle and Tenterfield LGAs, Blue Mountains, South Coast and Far South Coast.

Lismore City:

  • $2,546,640 to Lismore City Council to construct Stage 1 of Nimbin’s Rainbow Road Walking Track, supporting community resilience and economic recovery through the delivery of a high-quality tourism product.
  • $660,153 to Lismore City Council to construct a two-kilometre concrete trail from Riverside Park to Albert Park, and redevelop an existing trail through the Rotary Park dry rainforest.
  • $440,000 to ForestWorks’ North East Forestry Innovation Training program to support employment and innovation in the forest and wood products industry in Lismore, Grafton, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie.

Tweed Shire:

  • $999,570 to the University of Wollongong to bring its iAccelerate program to 10 bushfire-affected regions, including four Local Aboriginal Land Council areas, building on the success of the existing Bega Valley Innovation Hub.

For an interactive map of all 195 successful Bushfire Local Economic Recovery  Fund Stage 2 projects go to this link.

For early information about the Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants program go to this link.  

Thursday, 1 July 2021.

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