The Bega Valley and Eurobodalla shires will receive a critical boost to their recovery from 25 projects to be delivered through Stage Two of the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund, co-funded by the Australian and NSW Governments.
Member for Bega, Andrew Constance said $61,592,812 for both regions will enable fantastic projects that will deliver important infrastructure improvements, environmental results, industry and business development along with social and community outcomes.
Mr Constance said the projects funded include:
“This fund was all about driving our local economic and social recovery, and it certainly delivers that for our region,” Mr Constance said.
“Whilst the projects announced today are just one part of the complete recovery journey of the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla it will help us to continue repairing the fabric of our communities.
“These projects will see our region transformed over the coming months and years, and I am excited about where we are headed in terms of our recovery locally,” said Mr Constance.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Disaster Recovery John Barilaro said the diverse nature of the Stage Two Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund projects was driven by the specific recovery needs of each community and guided by locally led applications.
“One year has passed since we cleared 3,600 properties damaged or destroyed by the Black Summer bushfires and we are continuing to deliver the support that needs to keep moving forward in recovery,” Mr Barilaro said.
“People are rebuilding their lives and we are backing projects that will bring communities together, support tourism, provide improved or new social amenity, and increase preparedness to future bushfires. All of these things play a part in recovery.”
Mr Barilaro said more than 650 applications were received from 47 LGAs impacted by the 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires in NSW, requesting a total of $1.6 billion – more than six times the original funding available.
“I understand that preparing and submitting applications takes a lot of time and engery and with such an oversubscription of applications and high demand for funding, it means there will be many disappointed applicants. I am pleased that unsuccessful applicants will have the chance to consider submitting their project to the Australian Government’s $280 million Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants that is expected to open in early July 2021,” Mr Barilaro said.
“Applicants who did not receive funding will be offered an opportunity for feedback on their application and also advice about other funding options that they might wish to consider.”
The Department of Regional NSW led the merit-based assessment of all 652 applications against the published guidelines and assessment criteria. The robust, fair and transparent process was overseen by independent probity advisors from both the Australian and NSW governments.
Applications were assessed and recommended by the Department of Regional NSW and subsequently reviewed and endorsed by the National Recovery and Resilience Agency, with final funding decisions approved by the NSW Government.
The Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Package is one part of the $4.5 billion overarching bushfire support program co-funded by the Australian and NSW Governments for bushfire recovery, response and preparedness in NSW.
For further information, visit https://www.nsw.gov.au/blerfund For Eurobodalla – total funding $ 61,592,812.00
$ 1,048,399.00 South Coast Health and Sustainability Alliance
Tilba Halls Future Resilience Project The Tilba Halls Future Resilience Project will provide upgrades to heritage listed community owned halls.
The project scope includes repairs, multi-purpose usage additions, health and safety requirements, accessibility, fire safety, and more resilient electricity infrastructure for future extreme weather events.
This will ensure that the halls meet contemporary needs and continue to support community wellbeing and resilience into the future.
$ 5,000,000.00 Eurobodalla Shire Council
Complete stage two of the Mogo Adventure Trails Hub. This project will fund the final stage of the construction of the Mogo Adventure Trails Hub network in the Mogo/Deep Creek Dam area.
This will establish the region as a national premier adventure trail destination with a focus on mountain biking. The final stage involves constructing extensive new trails; a toilet block; water stations; and a picnic area.
This stage will complete the extension from the south side of Mogo, providing the 'hero' element of the Mt Wandera trail, which covers over 70km from the mountain summit to the sea.
$ 230,000.00 Mogo Village Business Chamber Ltd
Phoenix Community Wellbeing Program
The Phoenix Community Wellbeing Program will empower the Greater Mogo community with powerful tools to boost resilience. This will empower the community to adapt to their current and future hardships, with the project producing a book with inspiring, true stories of their recovery from the ashes. The book will be a source of pride and inspiration.
$ 7,276,190.00 Narooma School of Arts & Soldiers' War Memorial Hall Inc.
Construct the Narooma Arts and Community Centre
This project will fund construction of the Narooma Arts & Community Centre (NACC), which will enhance the School of Arts precinct, creating an inspiring cultural and community hub.
The NACC Project will support the community’s ongoing social recovery and stimulate economic growth, particularly through job creation and cultural tourism. It will strengthen the community’s ability to cope with future disasters and challenges and provide a backup evacuation centre during natural disasters.
$ 998,522.00 The Family Place Inc