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:

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

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.