UP TO $2 MILLION FOR FLOOD CLEAN-UP WHILE NORTHERN RIVERS COMMUNITIES RECEIVE $288,000 RESILIENCE FUNDING BOOST
Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant and Member for Lismore Thomas George today announced that the NSW Government is finalising Lismore City Council’s claim for up to $2 million for clean-up costs from the March 2017 flood and more than $288,000 in grants is being made available locally under the Community Resilience Innovation Program (CRIP).
In the aftermath of the floods, the NSW Government, under the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA), made an early commitment to fund the clean-up operation.
Minister Grant thanked the Council and all those who assisted with the clean-up.
“I visited Lismore as the flood waters were receding in the days after the flood and the town was full of debris. It was a mess and the destruction from the flood water was confronting,” Mr Grant said.
“At the time I was struck by how well the community had come together in a crisis and I said at the time that we as a Government wouldn’t walk away from this community and we haven’t.”
This funding will help build community preparedness and resilience to future natural disasters in the Northern Rivers.
“Our community is already strong, and we are resilient, but the flood last year proved that we can collaborate more, we can be better prepared and this can help should any future natural disaster strike,” Mr George said.
“I am proud to represent an area where so many people dedicate their time to ensuring we’re prepared for natural disasters and I thank them for their selflessness and community spirit.
Mr George thanked the NSW Government and Commonwealth for funding initiatives to proactively build and strengthen resilience to natural disasters.
“While our emergency service agencies like the SES, RFS, FRNSW and VRA do remarkable work protecting and supporting communities in times of need, we all have a responsibility to think ahead, get ready and be as prepared as possible,” Mr George said.
“The CRIP funds communities to prepare for emergencies and build up resilience for times of need, especially for the most vulnerable members of the community.”
The Lismore City Council, Lismore Chamber Of Commerce and Industry, and Northern Rivers Community Gateway were all successful recipients of funding for grants under the Community Resilience Innovation Program (CRIP), including:
- Lismore, Kyogle and Richmond Valley communities will implement a "Get Ready" all-hazards campaign to help residents, visitors and businesses in vulnerable locations to be disaster ready;
- a model to establish “Community Hubs” during emergencies to support community-led responses to disasters;
- an online portal to provide businesses in the Lismore region with quicker access to information before, during and post natural disasters; and
- a system to manage, train and support spontaneous volunteers across the Northern Rivers.
CRIP projects are based on collaboration and partnership between local community organisations and emergency services agencies.
For more information on the CRIP, go to: https://www.emergency.nsw.gov.au/Pages/emergency-management/Funding-Programs/community-resilience/Community-Resilience-Innovation-Program.aspx.
For more information on Get Ready, go to: https://www.emergency.nsw.gov.au/getready