The Snowy Monaro’s bushfire recovery journey has received a $7million boost with a host of projects to be delivered to improve the region’s community infrastructure and economy.
More than a dozen local initiatives will be funded through the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund (BLER) to help communities throughout the Snowy Monaro recover from the 2019/2020 bushfires.
Close to $7.5million has been allocated for the Snowy Monaro with the towns of Adaminaby, Bombala, Delegate and Jindabyne receiving the majority of the funding.
The BLER will support tourism infrastructure in Adaminaby through the construction of parking bays for trucks and long vehicles in the town centre. The $1million project is designed to encourage more tourists to stop in town.
A further $800,000 will be spent in Adaminaby to upgrade the town’s streets by improving curbing, guttering, footpaths and drainage.
NSW Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro said the funding will make a real difference to towns and communities across the electorate.
“The 2019/2020 bushfire season was devastating for the Monaro, with fires burning in all corners of the electorate. We lost lives, homes and important assets like the Selwyn Ski Resort. It was a long and tough summer for the community,” Mr Barilaro said.
“I’m so pleased to see this funding go towards key projects that will provide the community with a helping hand in their continued recovery.”
The BLER will direct $686,755 for the construction of the Delegate Discovery Centre. A new facility for the town, it is expected the centre will provide accommodation for contract workers and emergency personnel.
In a further boost for Delegate, the School of Arts building will be upgraded to ensure it continues serving the community.
Recreational spaces in the region have been supported through the bushfire recovery funding with the Jindabyne Skate Park receiving $1.2 million for its refurbishment.
Across the Eden-Monaro, 66 projects have been funded. Senator for NSW, Jim Molan, said all projects had been put forward by the community, with funding focused on local solutions to local needs.
“These projects have been identified by the people of Eden-Monaro and will make a big difference locally, creating opportunities to increase tourism, employment and economic recovery, as well as building community cohesion and making us more resilient in times of crisis,” Senator Molan said.
Applications were assessed and recommended by the Department of Regional NSW and subsequently reviewed and endorsed by the National Recovery and Resilience Agency, with final funding decisions approved by the NSW Government.
The Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Package is one part of the $4.5 billion overarching bushfire support program co-funded by the Australian and NSW Governments for bushfire recovery, response and preparedness in NSW.