Saffin urges local communities to apply for $250-million Bushfire Local Economic Recovery (BLER) Fund – now opening up

STATE Member for Lismore Janelle Saffin is very pleased to announce that the $250-million Bushfire Local Economic Recovery (BLER) Fund is open for applications from tomorrow (27 October 2020).

STATE Member for Lismore Janelle Saffin is very pleased to announce that the $250-million Bushfire Local Economic Recovery (BLER) Fund is open for applications from tomorrow (27 October 2020).

Ms Saffin said: “Available to bushfire-affected communities in 47 Local Government Areas, including our four in the Lismore Electorate —  Lismore City, Kyogle, Tenterfield and Tweed shires — this fund presents a good opportunity to help local communities and our local economies recover.”

“Every little bit helps and this is more than needed in the lead-up to the Christmas season. Goodness knows we need it – bushfires, drought, more bushfires, floods and COVID-19,” Ms Saffin said. 

Jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales governments, the BLER Fund is designed to further support social and economic recovery.

Infrastructure such as roads to support further industrial development, environmental projects such as regeneration activities and projects including social, business and environmental education activities are the three themed areas. Tourism is another industry getting attention.

Those eligible to apply are Councils, Joint Organisations of Councils, Not-for-Profits including business chambers, industry associations and charities, research or academic organisations, Local Aboriginal Councils and State Government corporations.

The Fund opens tomorrow (27 October) and applications close at 2pm (AEDT) 11 December 2020. Successful applicants will be announced from April 2021. 

For detailed information go to nsw.gov.au/blerfund or email regionalnsw.business@dpc.nsw.gov.au and phone is 1300 679 673

Monday, 26 October 2020.

Media Contact: Ronny Susanto 0422 777 055.

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