$5.2 Million To Improve Natural Disaster Resilience

Senator for the Australian Capital Territory Zed Seselja has welcomed today’s Commonwealth-State joint-funding announcement of $5.2 million for 20 projects under the Natural Disaster Resilience Program to help better protect the ACT from the threat of hazards such as bushfire.

Projects are jointly supported with Commonwealth Government funding matched dollar for dollar by the ACT.  This funding encourages a partnership approach with the funding recipients, helping to build a culture of shared responsibility in the face of natural disasters.

Unfortunately, Canberrans understand the devastation that bushfires can have on our city.  Natural disasters can have an enormous impact on our economy and cripple businesses and communities, this funding will assist Canberra to be more resilient and better prepared to prevent and lessen the impact of future bushfires and other natural disasters,” stated Senator Seselja.

Commonwealth Minister for Justice Michael Keenan said while the nature and size of the country’s landscape meant that natural hazards were a fact of life in Australia, more needed to be done to manage natural disaster risks.

“The Australian Government is supporting the states and territories as they assist those recovering from natural disasters, and we are focused on boosting the resilience of communities to future events,” Mr Keenan said.

The funding will be provided to a wide range of community organisations and ACT Government authorities including Anglicare, ACT Emergency Services Agency, Volunteering ACT and Lifeline.   This will be used numerous projects including for volunteer training, bushfire management plans, disaster plans, psychological first aid training.