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​Local Communities to Benefit From Emergency Relief Projects​​​

Issued: Wednesday, 18 January 2017

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Nineteen local organisations across the state have been awarded a total of $2.4 million in NSW Government funding for infrastructure projects that protect communities in emergencies such as bushfires, storms and floods.

Minister for Justice Troy Grant said the projects will help save lives and property and support the courageous efforts of emergency services staff and volunteers in times of crisis.

“I’m proud to announce this latest round of Emergency Relief Infrastructure Grants to fund projects such as emergency shelters, evacuation centres and back-up power generators,” Mr Grant said.

“Emergency services personnel and volunteers work tirelessly to prevent and assist when a disaster strikes and I know this funding will go a long way to support their great work.

“These projects will enable them to improve the way they respond to emergencies and help make local communities safer.”

Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott said the grants provided to not-forprofit organisations will made a difference to the community.

“These projects will ensure the best possible preparation for our emergency service workers in their brave work protecting lives and property,” Mr Elliott said.

Mr Grant said the funding is being provided as part of the 2016/17 ClubGRANTS Category 3 Fund.

“Over this term of government, around $50 million in ClubGRANTS is being provided to local communities in NSW to support infrastructure across three categories: sport

and recreation, arts and culture and emergency relief facilities,” he said.

ClubGRANTS are funded through a rebate of 0.4 per cent of gaming machine profits over $1 million from the State’s registered clubs.

A full list of grants in detail is on the following pages.


Emergency accommodation, Ashford (New England region) - $85,000

The Memorial Bowling Club will be upgraded to create dormitory accommodation that can be used during emergencies.

Emergency supp​​ort upgrade, Bathurst - $250,000

In times of natural disasters such as floods and bush fires, the Bathurst RSL Club kitchen caters for volunteers. This project will expand and increase food preparation space as well as cold and frozen food storage capacity to cater for large numbers of volunteers and community members.

Emergency hub development, Binya (Rive​rina region) - $216,469

Binya Hall will become an emergency hub that can be used by the entire community. The project will construct an all-weather undercover area and upgrade the electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling throughout the hall.

Flood boat shed extension, ​​Copmanhurst (Grafton region) - $16,000

The Copmanhurst boatshed will be extended so all flood boats can be housed away from the marshalling area used for residents waiting to be helicoptered out.

Evacuation centre upgrade, Glen Alice ​(Central West region) - $207,850

Upgrades to the Glen Alice Community Emergency Relief Centre will ensure the facility is equipped to support residents, visitors and emergency services staff during bush fires. The upgrades will allow the hall to provide meals, temporary shelter, toilet facilities, fresh water and communication facilities.

Establishment of an evacuation​ centre, Oura (Riverina region) - $187,000

The Oura Progress Association will purchase and refurbish the Oura Church of the Pioneers building to create a community evacuation centre for the community.

Establishment of an evacuatio​​n centre, Jingellic (South-east region) - $91,800

The Jingellic Emergency Welfare Centre is a new multifunction facility located in showground on the Murray River. This project will support the fit-out of the new centre allowing it to become an operation centre for emergency services. It will provide a marshalling area for victim registration, short-term stays, training facilities for volunteer emergency services and an animal evacuation centre.

Establishment of an evacuation point​​, Evans Park Kalaru (South Coast region)- $69,237

The construction of amenities at the undeveloped Evans Park will allow the area to be a neighbourhood safe place and assembly point during emergencies. The new amenities include a shelter and three unisex toilets.

Emergency hub development, Forbes - $​​128,430

This project will see a shed erected on the grounds of the Forbes State Emergency Service headquarters, a new hard-stand area will be created in front of the shed and access roads at the facility will be sealed. The new facility will be utilised during flood events for sand bagging operations. Outside of flood events it will be used to support the Forbes SES Training Program and its​ operations.

Rural Fire Brigade statio​​n extension, Mathoura (Riverina region) - $67,900

The extension to the Rural Fire Brigade station will include office space, a kitchenette and a larger meeting room for in-house training. The result will be a more accessible and functional space to enhance the fire services provided to the community.

Emergency support upgrades, Molong (Central West region) - $95,000​

The Molong RSL will be upgraded to better support volunteers and evacuees during floods and bush fires that have occurred in the Molong, Manildra and Cumnock villages. Upgrades include new flooring, kitchen, bathroom and accessible front doors.

New emergency facility, Port Macquarie - $34,9​00

The construction of a large outdoor shelter at the NSW SES Hastings Unit. The shelter will be used as a community sand bagging station, an SES training area and storage for emergency equipment.

New emergency operations centre, ​Shellharbour - $250,000

An additional building will be constructed at the NSW SES Shellharbour, to be used as an emergency operations centre and volunteer training facility.

Strengthening of levee bank,​ Tocumwal (Riverina region) - $123,000

Strengthening of the Tocumwal levee bank adjacent to the Tocumwal Foreshore Park to provide long term community protection and safeguard from flood.

Evacuation centre upgrade, Towa​mba (South Coast region) - $29,300

The Towamba Hall is a designated evacuation point for emergency services and is used to coordinate community responses to emergencies. This project will deliver much needed improvements to the hall including kitchen upgrades and ​structural repairs.

Evacuation centre upgrade, Urbenvi​​lle (Tenterfield region) - $254,000

The project is to bring the Urbenville Hall up to the required standard for emergency relief in time of flood. Works include upgrades to accessible toilets, a solar power system, generator and replacement of the air conditioner.

Evacuation centre upgrade, Wellington - $250,​​​000

This project will provide 24/7 emergency evacuation facilities at Wellington Soldiers’ Memorial Club. The project includes purchase and installation of a back-up generation unit, and upgrades to electrical systems and structural repairs.

Evacuation centre expansion, Wonboyn L​ake (South-east region) - $10,500

A new fire-proof annex with a water drenching safety system will be constructed at Wonboyn Lake Rural Fire Service. The project will benefit the community by improving vital emergency infrastructure for community in and around the Wellington district.

Establishment of an evacuat​​ion centre upgrade, Yeoval district (Central West region) - $10,400

The installation of a diesel generator and gas stove at the Yeoval & District Men's Shed so it can operate as an evacuation centre for the district.​