NSW renews investment for flood-affected communities
The NSW Government has announced a $50 million commitment for Central West communities to help rebuilding efforts and improve flood mitigation.
The Government says the NSW Reconstruction Authority will work closely with the local community in the coming months to help coordinate and prioritise house-raising and retrofitting works as well as improvements to strengthen public infrastructure.
The funding adds to more than $42 million in grants and subsidies paid by the state and federal governments to local households and businesses following last year’s floods.
NSW Premier Chris Minns says the Government continues to fund and support projects after last year’s floods “exposed several ongoing risks across the state”.
“It’s clear there needs to be a sustained effort and there is more we can do to continue the reconstruction program,” Mr Minns said.
“That’s why we’re committed to practical action on the ground to help people get back on their feet, with the involvement of local leaders.”
The announced investment formulates part of the Government’s $150 million Community Restoration Flood Fund, allocated in its September budget.
“When we visited the Central West, we were impressed with the work undertaken by communities in rebuilding, and this investment is a further step towards that recovery,” NSW Emergency Services Minister Jihad Dib said.
“This funding package will support the social and economic recovery of this important region devastated by floods”.