Scott Morrison has announced funding to assist those people living in NSW communities who are still affected by disaster floods from February and March this year, shouldering half the overall costs with the Coalition state government.
The recovery package comprises $200 million to go towards a recovery package that will support the third phase of recovery for flood affected communities and industries in NSW.
An additional $200 million allocation for an infrastructure betterment fund to help reconstruction efforts and improved disaster resilience of public assets that have been damaged during the recent storms and floods or the 2019-20 bushfires.
On Tuesday the PM issued a joint statement with federal emergency management minister Bridget McKenzie, and NSW minister responsible for disaster recovery John Barilaro.
Morrison said that the phase 3 disaster funding for NSW would deliver eight key initiatives.
“We’re focused on enabling industry recovery and job retention, helping to rebuild community infrastructure, delivering a range of projects to safeguard mental health and community wellbeing, and ensuring impacted regions have resources that they need to bounce back,” the PM said.
McKenzie echoed the PM’s sentiments and underscored the need for long-term recovery of impacted regions. She said more than 70 local government areas in NSW were still getting on their feet from storms and flooding earlier this year, and that targeted grants for the farming community were available.
“We have listened to farmers and producers, too, and included more than $25 million to provide grants for rural landholders who do not qualify for the existing supports, as well as funding for environmental recovery initiatives, including riverbank restoration,” McKenzie said.
The NSW government will financially support the disaster recovery 50/50 and has allocated dedicated flood community recovery officers in the most affected LGAs. This follows the model the state government used to support recently impacted bushfire-affected areas.
“We cannot underestimate the mental health and wellbeing of those impacted by these disasters,” Barilaro said.
“The Australian and NSW governments continue to stand by communities who were hit by devastating storms and floods earlier this year, many of whom were already reeling from the impacts of prolonged drought, bushfires and COVID,” he added.
People who require ongoing flood assistance, support and referral should call Service NSW on 13 77 88 or visit their website.