Bushfire recovery fund delivers $250,000 for Mid-Western region

Residents of the Mid-Western Regional Council region will benefit from funding dedicated to delivering projects and community grants programs via the Commonwealth and NSW Government’s Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund (BCRRF), which provides more than $25 million to promote community wellbeing, and disaster resilience in impacted areas.

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders today announced the council will receive $250,000 to manage a community grants program and upgrade the Mudgee Regional Airport runway to improve access.

The outcomes of this work will ensure the community has improved capacity and capability to respond to future disasters.

“Mudgee is one of the growing hubs of regional NSW, and we saw during the horrific summer of bushfires not only how close it came to being the scene of a disaster, but also how active it was in the statewide response,” Mr Saunders said.

“This funding identifies that upgrades to the town’s infrastructure will allow the people of the region to play an even bigger role in responding in the future.”

“Mudgee is one of the growing hubs of regional NSW, and we saw during the horrific summer of bushfires not only how close it came to being the scene of a disaster, but also how active it was in the statewide response,

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said these grants focus on locally-led recovery and are an example of the continued financial assistance provided by the NSW Government.

“We are committed to supporting communities on the long road to recovery after last season’s unprecedented bushfires. We know that when it comes to these types of projects locals know best, so we are empowering local communities to make best use of this funding,” Mr Barilaro said.

“The $250,000 will enable Mid-Western Regional Council to work with the community members on social recovery activities and locally-led initiatives to help communities recover.”

If anyone has any questions about eligibility or requires support they are encouraged to contact the bushfire customer care line on 13 77 88, or visit the Service NSW website at www.service.nsw.gov.au.

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