$44 million to repair flood-affected First Nations community assets in NSW
Targeted funding is now available to repair, restore and enhance First Nations-owned social and cultural assets damaged last year in the
February and June floods, thanks to the Commonwealth and NSW Governments’ $44 million Aboriginal-owned Assets Program.
The program will provide funding for the repair, restoration and betterment of community infrastructure like First Nations-owned day-care
centres, medical and aged-care facilities, cultural sites and keeping places.
The support will be targeted at the most flood-impacted Local Government Areas(LGAs)of: Ballina, Bellingen, Byron, Camden, Central
Coast, Cessnock, Clarence Valley, Glen Innes Severn, Hawkesbury, Kempsey, Kyogle, Lismore, Muswellbrook, Nambucca, Narromine, Richmond
Valley, Singleton, Tenterfield
Federal Minister for Indigenous Australians, Linda Burney said the program supports Local Aboriginal Land Councils (LALCs) and Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled organisations that own or manage social infrastructure.
“These organisations are often on the front line in times of need, ensuring timely, practical and culturally sensitive support is available
to First Nations people and communities,” Ms Burney said.
Federal Minister for Emergency Management Senator Murray Watt said it was the latest step on the road to recovery.
“We are committed to the recovery of flood-affected regions, and this program is a firm commitment to ensure First Nations-led organisations
have what they need to recover and thrive,” Mr Watt said.
“We want to see communities bounce back even stronger after the floods, and this support will not just repair infrastructure, but make it
more resilient to future natural disasters.”
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Ben Franklin said the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government had been on the ground engaging with flood
affected Aboriginal communities to design a program that meets their needs.
“Building on the success of the 2021 Community Local Infrastructure Recovery Program, the Department will again work hand-in-hand with
eligible organisations to develop their projects and support them through the application process,” Mr Franklin said.
“I encourage eligible LALCs, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled organisations and corporations to make the most of
this opportunity to secure the funding needed to recover and rebuild following the 2022 floods.”
The Aboriginal-owned Assets Program is jointly funded by the Federal and NSW Governments under Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.
Applications are now open. For more information and to apply, visit: www.nsw.gov.au/2022CLIRP
Eligible LGA’s: LGAs that were disaster declared under AGRN 1012 and/or AGRN 1025 in 2022 may be considered for funding if
they can demonstrate need and support for a project in their community with robust alignment to the program criteria.