• Tony Bosworth

Bligh Park, Blaxland Ridge RFS and Peppercorn all benefit from latest round of recovery funding

Three new projects are being funded across the Hawkesbury as part of a $1.6m government cash splash across our area and the Blue Mountains funded by the Federal and State governments as part of Stream Two of the Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund (BCRRF).

Senator Marise Payne and Minister David Littleproud at the Hawkesbury Fire Control Centre, Wilberforce in January 2020

Bligh Park Community Services gets almost $300,000, Blaxland Ridge RFS will receive $26,220, and Peppercorn will be handed $300,000.

The Bligh Park funding will go towards a system called Ready to Go which scans and certifies copies of vital documents to a flash drive for residents at risk of evacuation due to bushfire, flood, extreme weather events and other emergencies. Volunteers will be trained to carry out the project.

Blaxland Ridge RFS’s money will see a Community Electronic Notice Board at the front of the brigade station.

Peppercorn’s windfall will lead to psychological support to foster connection, support social recovery and build community resilience for people impacted by bushfires in the Hawkesbury.

Announcing the Stream Two funding, Senator for Western Sydney, the Hon Marise Payne, said the projects would be driven locally.

“Both state and federal levels of government are yet again throwing their support behind community-led solutions,” Senator Payne said.

“The funding package is focused on boosting community wellbeing, connectedness, social recovery, and future disaster resilience, because we know how important this is to our long-term recovery effort.”

Federal Minister for Emergency Management, David Littleproud, thanked all those who took time to put in applications under BCRRF, and the many people in communities who will keep working hard to deliver the projects.

“The Australian and NSW governments are working hand in hand with councils and communities to deliver this funding in the hardest hit communities in NSW – just another way we can support local people as they drive their recovery,” Mr Littleproud said.

“It will take years, not months, for these communities to recover and the Australian Government will be with them every step of the way, delivering the support they so desperately need.”

Hawkesbury MP, Robyn Preston, said, “these projects, alongside the wide range of support offered by the NSW Government in response to the Hawkesbury storms and floods, will promote community wellbeing and build resilience for any future disasters that may affect Hawkesbury.”

More information is available about all 173 funded projects at www.nsw.gov.au/grants-and-funding/bushfire-community-recovery-and-resilience-fund.

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