Deputy Premier and Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan is encouraging local councils, community groups and business associations to apply for up to $110,000 through the Victorian Coalition Government‟s Resilient Community Program.
Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government‟s $1.5 million Resilient Community Program would assist regional and rural communities to build their capacity to tackle hazards including bushfires, floods and storm surges.
“Communities throughout Gippsland face unique challenges and a „one-size-fits-all‟ approach is not appropriate – in fact, some communities face multiple hazards throughout the course of a year,” Mr Ryan said.
“The Resilient Community Program, which replaces the Fire Ready Communities Grants program, provides funding for community-led projects to assist residents to better prepare for, withstand and recover from natural disasters and other hazards.
“It is local people who know what it takes to make their communities safer, better informed and more prepared to tackle the impact of these hazards.”
Mr Ryan said the Resilient Community Program would provide funding for:
- Community-led projects in high risk communities that establish shared responsibility for all hazards;
- Education and engagement activities – to help the community understand risks and take an active role in emergency management;
- Community-led local risk and hazard workshops; and
- Programs that develop community leadership and support emergent leaders to help build resilience in communities.
Mr Ryan said funded projects would build community confidence to share the responsibility of handling emergencies with the government, community and business sectors.
“The Fire Ready Communities parent program has funded a number of local community projects over the past two years, programs which will continue to be funded under the Resilient Community Program,” Mr Ryan said.
Local councils, community groups and business associations that are interested in applying should contact the Department of State Development, Business and Innovation office on 5174 9233.