Landcare NSW has been announced as one of ten successful funding recipients who will share in almost $13 million from the Australian and New South Wales governments.
The joint funding is being provided to educational institutions, Government agencies and not-for-profit organisations through the State Risk Reduction stream of the Disaster Risk Reduction Fund (DRRF) to deliver projects that better protect communities against future natural disasters, including research programs, useable tools like apps and awareness campaigns.
Landcare NSW will deliver a $1,900,000 project aimed at enhancing household and landowner engagement in disaster preparedness and prevention.
New South Wales Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery, Steph Cooke, said the State Risk Reduction stream of the DRRF targets projects which will better protect communities.
“The $13 million will go towards helping communities be better prepared for when future disasters inevitably strike,” Ms Cooke said.
“The projects receiving funding cover a range of hazards including floods, fires, heatwaves and storms, with initiatives ranging from capability building and community engagement to new data systems and technology.”
Chair of Landcare NSW Stephanie Cameron said it is important to make sure communities are engaged and preparing for future disaster through risk reduction projects.
“Landcare NSW’s project will enlist the extensive Landcare NSW Community Network to deliver landscape risk reduction activities.
“By engaging disaster-risk experts to assist in providing practical workshops to communities, households and landholders, we can help our communities to better understand barriers to disaster resilience behaviour change and increase their connectivity and their capability to implement the changes needed to be well prepared for future natural disasters.”
“A resilient community is one that can withstand and bounce back from natural disasters. With changing climates, more extreme droughts, floods, bush fires and adverse weather events, we need to support resilience now more than ever,” Ms Cameron said.
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