Council awarded funds for threats

BALLINA Shire Council has been awarded $66,600 to manage potential storm surges, floods, coastal erosion, sea level rise, and even tsunamis.

Police and Emergency Services Minister Michael Gallacher today announced funding for twelve projects worth more than $760,000 under the Auxiliary Disaster Resilience Grants Scheme.

Mr Gallacher said the Scheme had been created to help local government and agencies with emergency management or disaster risk reduction responsibilities to help prepare their communities.

“The ADRGS is part of the Natural Disaster Resilience Program (NDRP) and is jointly funded by the NSW and Commonwealth Governments,” Mr Gallacher said.

“The grants that I am announcing today cover a range of projects that will help mitigate natural hazards, as well as assisting communities to prepare for and recover from natural disasters.

“Among the successful applicants this year are Ballina Shire Council, with a project to look at risk mitigation strategies for coastal hazards.

The final phase of the Ballina project would identify critical mitigation areas and prepare education strategies for the general public, he said.

Other councils awarded a share of the funding included Forbes, Gosford, Dubbo, Goulburn, Hunter, Lithgow, Pittwater, Wakool, and Weddin.

“All the applicants had proposed very worthwhile projects that would be of significant benefit to their communities.

“On behalf of the NSW Government I extend my congratulations to all those who have been successful. I wish them all the best with these important projects,” Minister Gallacher concluded.

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