Hunter Joint Organisation of Councils has been awarded $162,200 in funding under the Community Resilience Innovation Program (CRIP), Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said today.
The funding is allocated for the ‘Everyone’s Talking About It…Let’s Get Disaster Ready’ project of Hunter Councils, whose member Councils include Cessnock City Council, Dungog Shire Council, Lake Macquarie City Council, Maitland City Council, MidCoast Council, Muswellbrook Shire Council, Newcastle City Council, Port Stephens Council, Singleton Council and Upper Hunter Shire Council.
The project will develop a coordinated, all hazards approach to frontline engagement with the community on emergency preparedness and response which will increase community resilience to natural hazards across all participating councils.
“The CRIP is about recognising innovative practices and approaches to natural disaster preparedness that not only make our communities safer but also resilient enough to handle any emergency situation,” Mr MacDonald said.
Chair of the Joint Organisation of Hunter Councils, Bob Pynsent said resilience funding was vital for every community across the Hunter.
“Natural disasters have devastating impacts and leave communities dealing with the aftermath for often many months after the event. Funding that will assist in reducing this frontline impact is crucial,” Mr Pynsent said.
“This is front of mind for many of us today with the news that we are potentially facing a record breaking fire season. Community education and preparedness will be key for every resident.”
Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant MP said the funding helps communities to proactively build and strengthen resilience to natural disasters. Assistance is being provided through the jointly funded National Partnership Agreement on Natural Disaster Resilience.
“While our emergency service agencies like the SES, RFS and FRNSW do remarkable work protecting and supporting communities in times of need, we all have a responsibility to think ahead, get ready and be as prepared as possible,” Mr Grant said.
The Commonwealth and the NSW Government have jointly provided $1.22 million in grants funded under the CRIP for 14 projects designed to improve disaster preparedness in New South Wales.
For more information on the CRIP go to: https://www.emergency.nsw.gov.au/Pages/emergency-management/Funding-Programs/community-resilience/Community-Resilience-Innovation-Program.aspx.