The Australian and Victorian Governments have invested in local projects under the Risk and Resilience Grants Program to further protect our communities from bushfires, floods and other extreme weather events.
Nationals Senate Leader and Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie said local organisations in the region would benefit.
“These risk reduction and mitigation initiatives will better prepare our communities and reduce the loss and suffering that is so often caused by natural disasters,” Senator McKenzie said.
“Four local organisations and Councils have received grants worth a total of $236,500 under this funding round.
“The Risk and Resilience Grants Program recognise that locals know what’s most important for the community.
“These grants will provide them the assistance they need to improve their hometowns.”
Among the latest round of grant recipients are:
- Alpine Shire Council – (Flood study of Myrtleford and the Ovens and Buffalo Rivers).
- Benalla Rural City Council – (Flood scoping study for Winton Creek and Seven Mile Creek).
- Parklands Albury Wodonga Limited – (Design for floodplain park infrastructure, strategic plantings to slow storm-water run-off onto floodplains and establishing a seedbank orchard of climate adapted native trees, shrubs and ground layer species).
- Strathbogie Shire Council – (Reconfiguration of the electrical power supply at each of Council’s five nominated Emergency Relief Centres to enable mobile trailer mounted liquid fuel generators to be connected).
The grants program is part of the National Partnership Agreement on Disaster Risk Reduction, which aims to reduce the risk and impact of natural disasters in line with the National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework.
Under the Risk and Resilience Grants Program, recipients make a co-contribution towards an initiative that is focused on identifying and mitigating potential natural disaster risks, such as climate change adaptation, designing resilient infrastructure and developing strategies to manage the local and regional risks of natural disasters.
Further information about the Risk and Resilience Grants Program is available on the Emergency Management Victoria website at https://www.emv.vic.gov.au/how-we-help/grants-and-awards/risk-and-resilience-grants-program