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Grants for community events to recognise bushfires anniversary

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In recognition of the second anniversary of the Black Summer bushfires, Bega Valley Shire Council has opened applications to the Community Recovery Contribution Program to support community-led recovery activities.

Council’s Director of Community, Environment and Planning, Alice Howe said a financial contribution of up to $2,500 is on offer to community groups or organisations for activities that reach bushfire-affected residents and property owners in their community.

“The Black Summer bushfires affected most of our shire for over two months. As we approach the start of the second anniversary, it’s important to recognise that every person, family and community is at a different place in their recovery journey,” Dr Howe said.

“This small grants program aims to help communities and individuals acknowledge their anniversary in a way that is meaningful for them, and to support their ongoing recovery journey.

“Events or activities should respond to an identified community need and have a positive impact for the local community or environment.

“Ideally, the outcome of these activities will be improved social connection, resilience, and health and wellbeing.”

Dr Howe encourages groups and organisations to work collaboratively across their community when planning recovery activities.

“If you’re not part of an incorporated group, but you have a great idea and are not sure how to get it off the ground, Council staff can help you,” she said.

Those requiring assistance can contact Council’s Community Development and Engagement Team on (02) 6499 2222 or email [email protected].nsw.gov.au

For first round consideration, applications need to be submitted by COB Friday 17 December.

Applications submitted after this date will be assessed weekly from 10 January 2022 until 31 March 2022 or until funds are expended.

Please note: No grants will be awarded between 23 December 2021 and 10 January 2022.

Activities funded through the Community Recovery Contribution Program must be completed and acquitted by 30 June 2022.

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South coast to receive $14m for bushfire clean up

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The Eurobodalla and Bega Valley Shires will receive almost $14 million as part of a $24 million investment by the State Government to help deal with waste and damage in the ongoing clean up from the 2019-20 bushfires.

The hard-hit south coast councils are receiving a combined 13.8 million dollars for landfill improvements and to help with bushfire waste in landfills.

Deputy Premier Paul Toole said the funding is part of the NSW Government’s $4.5 billion bushfire recovery investment, which is continuing to help local communities with the clean up, temporary accommodation and industry support.

“So many of our regional communities were ravaged by the Black Summer bushfires, and continue to require support to deal with their ongoing waste problems,” Mr Toole said.

“About $24 million is going to 15 regional councils, the National Parks and Wildlife Service, and Crown Lands to help them repair and future-proof landfills, as well as remove and deter illegal dumping of waste at more than 100 sites.

“These grants will create regional jobs, while providing a much-needed boost for our regional areas - many of which are still rebuilding after the bushfires.”

Minister for Environment Matt Kean said the hard-hit south coast councils of Eurobodalla and Bega Valley are receiving a combined $13.8 million for landfill improvements.

“All these projects will help improve community resilience for future disasters by supporting essential services in areas still recovering from the devastating bushfires,” Mr Kean said.

“We’ve been working with our regional communities and public land managers to make sure these programs address the real challenges they’re facing on the ground, while introducing measures to reduce future illegal dumping.”

Successful grant recipients for the $22 million Bushfire Recovery Program for Council Landfills include, Eurobodalla Shire Council, Bega Valley Council, Wagga Wagga City Council, Clarence Valley Council, Snowy Valleys Council and Blue Mountains City Council.

National Parks and Wildlife Service, Crown Lands and a number of councils are also receiving their share of $1.69 million through the Bushfire Dumping Program.

The NSW Government is committed to ensuring councils are not financially disadvantaged by accepting bushfire-generated waste at their landfills.

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