NSW Community Resilience Projects Receive $1.55 Million Funding Boost

Acting Minister for Justice Peter Dutton and New South Wales Minister for Justice and Police Troy Grant, today announced $1.55 million in grant funding for 13 Community Resilience Innovation Program projects.

Minister Dutton said funding for these projects is provided under the joint Commonwealth-State 2015-17 National Partnership Agreement on Natural Disaster Resilience, which aims to make communities more resilient to natural disasters.

“But we cannot do this alone. That is why we are committed to working with local government councils and the community to strengthen our preparedness, resilience and recovery from natural disasters,” Mr Dutton said.

1395269979-seeking-funding-aware-these-5-details“This funding directly supports collaboration between local community organisations and emergency service agencies to build community capacity and keep NSW communities safe.”

Minister Grant said while parts of NSW are still affected by flood waters, the bush fire season is now upon us. “We must be prepared to act swiftly when natural disasters strike and I encourage all NSW communities to have a plan for their homes and their families in place,” Mr Grant said.

“Each of the projects announced today are great examples of the way communities work together to assist our most vulnerable prepare for natural disasters, with community organisations, local councils and emergency services agencies among the recipients.”

Funding recipients include:

  • Centre for Disability Research and Policy, University of Sydney – $189,346 to develop an open access on-line disability-inclusive emergency preparedness tool for disability support workers and community health personnel to assist their clients in developing individualized plans.
  • Dungog Information and Neighbourhood Service Inc – $119,700 to develop a community-led disaster preparedness and resilience strategy.
  • Inner Sydney Regional Council for Social Development – $101,954 to develop disaster preparedness and management plans for high-rise public and social housing complexes across the City of Sydney and Inner West.
  • Wollondilly Shire Council – $64,300 to develop a community strategy and toolkit following the June 2016 storm in Picton.

Community Resilience Innovation Program 2015-17 projects:

Gateway Family Services – Step by Step 4 Quadrant Model for Disaster Recovery & Resilience (Statewide): $231,076 to develop a training package for workers in family and community services to support psycho-social recovery and renewal from local disaster events, and equip services to embed disaster recovery into their services’ action plans.

Wollondilly Shire Council – Activate Wollondilly (Wollondilly): $64,300 to enable Council and key stakeholders to review responses to the June 2016 Picton storm and develop a community strategy and toolkit.

NSW State Emergency Service – Community Severe Weather Response Plans (Port Stephens, Oxley, Myall Lakes): $92,485 in partnership with Local Land Services to collaborate with the community to develop severe weather response plans for lower Macleay, Manning Point, Raymond Terrace, Hinton and Wallalong.


Hunter Councils Inc. – Six Steps to Resilience for Community Organisations Across the Hunter Region (Cessnock, Charlestown, Gosford, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Myall Lakes, Newcastle, Port Macquarie, Swansea, Terrigal, The Entrance, Upper Hunter, Wallsend, Wyong): $202,336 to provide direct support to community service organisations across 11 LGAs to develop business continuity plans for disaster events.

Inner Sydney Regional Council for Social Development – Disaster Management and Readiness in Social Housing Communities (Sydney, Newtown, Maroubra, Heffron, Balmain): $101,954 to develop Disaster Preparedness and Management Plans for high-rise public and social housing complexes across the City of Sydney and Inner West.

University of Wollongong – ‘Resilient Together’: Engaging the Knowledge and Capacities of Refugees for a Disaster Resilient Illawarra (Wollongong, Shellharbour, Keira): $40,893 to develop a participatory research methodology to engage, facilitate and map the culturally diverse narratives, beliefs, knowledge, experiences and capacities for disaster resilience among refugee communities in the Illawarra.

Centre for Disability Research and Policy, University of Sydney – Emergency preparedness planning for people with disability and those with chronic health conditions and their support networks (Blue Mountains, Penrith, Myall Lakes, Upper Hunter, Port Macquarie, Port Stephens): $189,346 to deliver an open access on-line disability-inclusive emergency preparedness tool for Disability Support Planners and Community Health personnel to assist people with disabilities to develop personalised emergency preparedness plans.

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Bourke and District Childrens’ Services – Disaster Preparedness for Childrens’ Services in Rural Remote NSW (Barwon): $17,854 to build the disaster preparedness of Bourke Childrens’ Services.

Australian Red Cross – Harnessing the power of gender and language in emergency services (Wagga Wagga): $153,000 to build disaster preparedness and resilience of refugee communities through a suite of engagement activities including women’s groups, and training for the community.

NSW State Emergency Service – Get Ready Narrabri (Barwon): $150,000 in partnership with Narrabri Shire Council to minimise the risk and harm to the Narrabri community in relation to floods and other hazards.

City of Sydney – Resilient Sydney-Insights into Community Urban Resilience Experiences (Sydney, Pittwater, Penrith, Wakehurst, Wollondilly, Parramatta, Blue Mountains): $100,000 to deliver a citizen engagement process involving focus groups and a participatory mapping exercise, which will examine perceptions and experiences of severe weather shocks and stressors.

Dungog Information & Neighbourhood Service Inc. – Dungog Community Disaster Preparedness and Resilience Strategy (Upper Hunter): $119,700 to develop a community-led disaster preparedness and resilience strategy.

Ku-ring-gai Council – Fixing the Missing Link: promoting resilience and shared responsibility through digitally networked communities (Ku-ring-gai): $90,000 to develop and integrated digital platform to connect stakeholders in local emergency management with the community.