Bushfire impacted businesses and communities in Myall Lakes will soon receive support for local infrastructure and initiatives to drive economic recovery, thanks to the $250 million Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund, co-funded by the state and federal Governments.

Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead said this is welcome support which will go a long way towards keeping and creating jobs in Myall Lakes following last years devastating busfires which burnt almost 24% of the Mid Coast Council region.

“When applications open on October 27 funding will be available for a vast variety of projects, from community and cultural infrastructure upgrades, to regional events, work ready training programs, tourism infrastructure including walking trails and more,” Mr Bromhead said.

“Through this funding we’re putting a focus on getting people back into work, retaining existing jobs and reinvigorating our communities by making improvements to essential or community infrastructure alongside industry development.

“Tourism is a key industry in Myall Lakes and the natural environment is a major drawcard, boasting a stunning coastline, neighboured by picturesque lakes and waterfalls.

“As a result we are looking to restore the nature which was destroyed in fires, create and promote attractions and put people’s worries at ease by investing in the research and infrastructure to improve resilience to future bushfires,” Mr Bromhead said.

Grants of between $200,000 and $20 million will be available to organisations including councils, business chambers, joint groups, businesses, charities and Local Aboriginal Land Councils through the open round.

Alongside the open call for project ideas, shovel-ready projects are being identified in bushfire impacted areas, so they can be considered and fast tracked to provide community and economic benefit as quickly as possible.

Applications open on 27 October 2020. For more information about the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund, including guidelines, visit https://www.nsw.gov.au/blerfund.

 

Picture: Stephen Bromhead and Deputy Premier John Barilaro inspecting bushfire damage at the Manning Valley Bowhunters Club.