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Recovery and resilience focus of projects receiving bushfire funding

More money has been allocated towards recovery from the Black Summer bushfires in the Wollondilly area – and to help build resilience for future calamities.

Several projects have been funded, including $521,000 for the removal of dangerous trees and almost $25,000 for hazard reduction across the shire.

Also, $150,000 will go towards emergency signage, $845,501 for the Menangle community hall and $139,632 to renovate the Buxton hall, while Balmoral Village Community Hub will receive $215,779.

Other projects receiving funding include:

  • $391,632 – Paint the Town (Wollondilly & Wingecarribee);
  • $196,844 – Hill Top Village park;
  • $2,130,000 – Emergency services and regional sporting hub at Picton Sportsground;
  • $500,000 – Waste and emergency hardstand area;
  • $20,000 – Back to sport program.

Funded projects have been identified by the affected communities to assist with recovery, improve infrastructure and boost small business.

Wollondilly mayor Matt Gould has welcomed the funding from the Australian Government’s Black Summer bushfire recovery grants program.

 “It will take a long time for all the residents and businesses in Wollondilly to recover from the 2019-20 bushfires, and it is great to see that we haven’t been forgotten,” Mayor Gould said.

“Thank you to federal member Angus Taylor and the National Bushfire Recovery Fund for making this money available to help address some of the residual issues in our shire and help us on our continuing recovery journey.”

Mr Taylor announced the full list of projects which would be funded earlier this week.

“These grants will go toward projects that support local jobs, small businesses and improving local infrastructure in Wollondilly and the Southern Highlands,’’ said Mr Taylor, who is pictured above with members of the Buxton community association.

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