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University staff step up to help bushfire-affected communities


Community groups right across the mighty Eden-Monaro are working furiously towards the upcoming deadline for the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery (BLER) Fund.

Federal Member for Eden-Monaro Kristy McBain said the Fund closed on 28 January 2021 and will provide $250 million of funding to support the social and economic recovery of bushfire-affected communities.

“I have heard from many community groups and individuals that the application process is onerous and difficult to navigate.

“In order to assist community groups, I wrote to the Australian National University, University of Wollongong and the University of Canberra late last year to see if they could assist with the grant writing process in a voluntary capacity.

“I’m delighted to say that many staff members have offered their support for free.

“As we enter a new year, it’s humbling to know that people are still thinking of our community and how they can help,” Ms McBain said.

"Community groups seeking support are encouraged to contact my office to be put in touch with one of the volunteers.

"Thank you to the university staff who are willing to donate their time and expertise to assist our community," Ms McBain said


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