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$1.6m in funding up for grabs in Cessnock LGA

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Up to $1.6 million in funding is available in the Cessnock Local Government Area (LGA) under the Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants.

Over the past 18 months, Cessnock City Council has been successful in obtaining substantial financial assistance to support local bushfire and flood recovery activities and initiatives.

Large portions will be directed to fixing roads and bridges impacted by the natural disasters, as well as to tourism projects to bring more visitors to the region.

Other grants have funded projects that improve the preparedness of bushfire-impacted communities, too.

This includes risk mitigation upgrades to community halls in Laguna and Wollombi, enhancing road and property signs to assist with navigation of emergency vehicles, and upskilling residents in First Aid and chainsaw use.

The National Resilience and Recovery Agency (NRRA) is providing another opportunity for the Cessnock LGA to benefit from the $1.6 million kitty for projects that:

  • Support recovery and resilience of our communities;
  • Build stronger communities by supporting social, economic and built environment recovery;
  • Empower local communities to address bushfire recovery priorities, including through the creation of jobs, sustainable infrastructure and community investment targeted at the specific needs of the community; and
  • Rebuilding and growing the economy of the local communities impacted by the bushfires.

Grants are available for a minimum of $20,000 and applications have been extended to 6 Wednesday October.

“Council’s worked closely with bushfire-impacted community organisations to assist them to obtain funding,” community recovery officer Melissa Boucher said.

“So, we’re encouraging groups to get in touch about the Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants.

“Past projects we’ve successfully worked on include the Wollombi School Community Education Trust.

“The group secured funding to support community connection activities such as craft mornings, the local choir, and a community garden, as well as essential upgrade works to their community facility.”

Council has also been working closely with local Rural Fire Service brigades to snare funding for projects within their communities.

For more information about this grant and how to apply, visit the Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants website.

Alternatively, to discuss potential projects, contact Melissa Boucher on [email protected] or phone 4993 4257.

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