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  • Writer's pictureDave Layzell MP


Like many communities across New South Wales, Dungog and the Hunter felt the impact of the Black Summer Bushfires.

The region will now receive a critical boost for our recovery through Stage Two of the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery (LER) Fund, co-funded by the Australian and NSW Goverments.

Federal Member for Lyne, Dr David Gillespie and Member for Upper Hunter Dave Layzell welcomed almost $5 Million funding across the Dungog, Cessnock, Singleton and Upper Hunter Council areas.

$264,432 for The Camping to Common Trail Connections project aims to upgrade an access link between the camping area located at Dungog Showground and the Dungog Common Reserve.

This connection will allow mountain bikes, horse riders, and walkers to access the Common from their local residence or place of accommodation.

$861,476 for Accelerating Event Economies which aims to attract large events to the Hunter, accelerating job creation and economic recovery following the bushfires.

The project will establish a task group; fund an events and opportunity audit; and develop resources including an event manager's toolkit, a prospectus, and a website.

$900,000 Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Recovery & Resilience Program. The tourism campaign will aim to improve destination perception, increase consumer demand, raise sales value, and boost domestic tourism.

Dr Gillespie said these projects have a focus on drawing people to the region, supporting primary industries to enhance economic and social recovery, create jobs, and improve community resilience for future emergency events.

To date, more than $2.3 billion in Australian Government support has been provided to help bushfire affected communities, including $1.6 billion spent so far from the National Bushfire Recovery Fund.

Over 80 per cent of the available funding has been used to help communities recover from the 2019-20 bushfires.

Mr Layzell said It’s fantastic to see these vital community projects receive this funding as people continue to rebuild their lives following the black summer bushfires that destroyed homes in our region and damaged many more.

“We are backing projects that will bring communities together, support tourism, provide improved or new social amenity, as well as increasing preparedness for future bushfires. Mr Layzell said.

The Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Package is one part of the $4.5 billion overarching bushfire support program co-funded by the Australian and NSW Governments for bushfire recovery, response and preparedness in NSW.

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The Australian Government will soon open applications for Round 3 - Bushfire Recovery Grants, $280 million will be available for projects to benefit communities impacted by the Black Summer Bushfires.


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