Funding Boost To Natural Disaster Resilience Across Victoria

Minster for Justice Michael Keenan and Victorian Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino today announced $10 million in funding to enhance Victoria’s preparedness for natural disasters.

Minister Keenan said the funding is part of the joint Commonwealth-State $52 million National Partnership Agreement (NPA) on Natural Disaster Resilience, which is targeted at supporting local communities to build more sustainable and resilient communities

“Although many natural disasters are unpredictable, we can all be better prepared, and we cannot act alone. We are working with state and local governments to reduce the potentially destructive impacts of future disasters such as bushfires and floods,” Mr Keenan said.

“That is why under the NPA funding is cost-shared, with $3.4 million contributed by the Commonwealth, $2.4 million from the Victorian State Government, and $4.2 million from funding recipients.

“I congratulate all successful applicants from across Victorian State Government agencies, local government authorities, and not-for-profit organisations.”

Minister Merlino said 36 projects had been selected for funding under the Natural Disaster Resilience Grants Scheme to strengthen the state’s resilience to natural disasters.

“Through the scheme, projects are jointly funded by the Commonwealth and State governments on a cost share basis with the applicants,” Minister Merlino said.

“These are important programs led by state agencies, local councils, non-government organisations, volunteer organisations and researchers that help communities prepare for and respond to natural disasters.”

The projects include:

  • Funding for floodplain management
  • Pre-hospital emergency simulation training for ambulance officers
  • Support for Victorian teachers to deliver education on risk awareness and resilience related to natural hazards
  • Strengthening of emergency planning for vulnerable people in rural communities
  • The construction of a levee system to protect the Warracknabeal Township
  • Reconstruction of the levee for the Robinvale Township

For more information on the full list of projects and the grants scheme see Emergency Management Victoria website.

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