Funding for emergency preparedness and resilience
Adelaide Hills Council has successfully secured funding through two different grants from the Federal National Recovery and Resilience Agency to assist communities to become more resilient and prepared for future emergencies, including but not limited to bushfires.
The Black Summer Bushfire Recovery grant has awarded $250,000 to Adelaide Hills Council for their Recovery Ready Infrastructure Program. Council has also been granted $1,028,800.00 over three years for the Towards Community Resilience Project. This funding came from the Preparing Australian Communities Program.
Adelaide Hills Mayor Jan-Claire Wisdom says this funding is critical to our community and we must remember that recovery can take a long time.
“We have always said that disaster recovery is a marathon, not a sprint, and there is still much work to do.”
“It has taken a lot of advocacy and time to secure these grants so I’m thrilled we can continue to implement our community bushfire preparedness programs.”
The Recovery Ready Infrastructure program will seek to offer funding for local community facilities to prepare them to support communities in the immediate recovery period following a bushfire or emergency.
This can include offering clean water, shelter, power, food, communication capacity and social connection in the immediate and short term periods following a bushfire. Initiatives can also look at how communities can better prepare themselves for emergencies such as offering community information sessions about bushfire preparedness or other activities that assist communities to connect and prepare.
Council will now develop the process that will guide successful funding distribution to the community.
Find more information via the media release below.