MP Barnaby Joyce announces Glen Innes and Armidale councils to benefit from $500,000 in additional bushfire recovery funding

MP Barnaby Joyce in Glen Innes recently
MP Barnaby Joyce in Glen Innes recently

An additional $500,000 in bushfire recovery funding is being rolled out to Glen Innes and Armidale councils.

Funding is being provided as part of the Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund (BCRRF), which helps councils promote community well-being, social and future disaster resilience.

MP Barnaby Joyce said that the Armidale Regional Council will receive a $250,000 payment under BCRRF Stream 1, supporting a range of great local projects.

Armidale's payment will fund a range of community events and activities, a community grants program and provide support for local clubs to secure prominent events.

Glen Innes Severn Council will also receive a payment of $250,000 under this program to deliver a Wytaliba anniversary event, Fire and Seasons Calendar, and community grants program among other measures.

"With half a million dollars in added resilience funding going to Armidale and Glen Innes we are delivering further outcomes as recognition of the trials and tragedy from the recent fires," Mr Joyce said.

"As well as community events, I hope we have the capacity for some projects that will stand as testament to this formidable period."

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Under Stream 2 of this fund, smaller grants are also available to the broader community for social recovery and preparedness projects between $20,000 and $300,000.

Eligible organisations include community groups, joint organisations, NGOs and not-for-profits. Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the New England eligible for Stream 2 grants include Armidale, Glen Innes Severn, Gwydir, Inverell, Tamworth, Tenterfield, Uralla, Walcha and Upper Hunter.

Applications for Stream 2 of the BCRRF program will now be accepted until 12pm on 11 December 2020 and can be submitted at www.emergency.nsw.gov.au

In addition to the BCRRF, the Government is also providing grants under the $250 million NSW Bushfire Local Economic Recovery (BLER) fund.

Applications for this funding have been extended and will now be accepted until 2pm on 28 January 2021.

Under this program, grants of between $200,000 and $20 million are available to organisations such as councils, businesses, joint organisations, business chambers, charities, local Aboriginal Land Councils and state government agencies to deliver bushfire recovery projects.

Businesses and communities in Armidale, Glen Innes Severn, Gwydir, Inverell, Tamworth, Tenterfield, Upper Hunter, Uralla and Walcha LGAs can apply for grants under the BLER.

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