It has been such a difficult year with drought, bushfires, floods and COVID. Bellingen Shire has shown itself as a very resilient community, able to cope with stressors and to recovery quickly. However, there are those amongst us who have struggled with stresses such as fear, loneliness and trauma.
“We are so pleased that Bellingen’s Bushfire Recovery and Resilience funds will be channelled into projects and grants that will provide the opportunity for community led activities and innovation that can help make us all more resilient in our day to day lives and readier to cope with and recover from disasters,” says Clare Danby, Resilience Officer Bellingen Shire Council.
Clare (above on right) and fellow Resilience Officer Liz Hull (above on left) were recently appointed by Bellingen Shire Council to oversee the Bellingen Bushfire Recovery and Resilience Programme. The two have worked to tailor the programme to the needs of the Bellingen Shire and the Bushfire Recovery adjusted programme was unanimously approved at Extraordinary Council meeting on 29th July.
The Bushfire Recovery Programme ($1.5 million) framework is organised in three themes:
- Managing Risk – $345K
- Effective response to and recovery from emergency – $672K
- Enabling, empowering, and support community resilience – $483K
The adjusted program includes an expanded Public Grants Scheme (totalling $465K). Council is organising drop-in information sessions about the program and grants over the next two weeks so that anyone who is interested can come and find out more:
Monday 7 September: Dorrigo Community Hall from 11:30 – 13:00
Monday 7 September: Thora Hall from 14:30 – 16:00
Monday 14 September: Urunga: Literary Institute Hall 10:00 – 11:30
Monday 14 September: Mylestom Hall – 13:00 – 14:30
Wednesday 16 September: Bellingen Citizens Centre: 10:30-12:00
Wednesday 16 September: Kalang Hall – 14:30 – 16:00
Available Grants Organised By Program Area:
Area 1. Managing Risk – Get Ready Grants – $190,000 – approx 19 grants of up to $10k
(understanding and managing community hazard risks)
Who can apply – registered charities/incorporated not for profit including S355 Committees, businesses, auspiced community organisations, PNCs. Individuals may apply, however, funding will only be provided on receipt of invoices for goods purchased.
Area 2. Effective response to and recovery from Emergencies – Get Together Grants –
$35,000 – approximately 10 grants of $3,500.
(Locally focused community events using local community services).
Who can apply – Chambers of Commerce, incorporated not for profits, auspiced unincorporated community organisations.
Area 3. Enabling, Empowering & Supporting Community Resilience – Assist and Empower
Grants $240,000 – approx16 grants of up to $15,000.
(Including food, shelter, place-based, focused on different population groups, e.g. elderly or disadvantaged).
Who can apply – registered charities/incorporated not forprofit including S355 Committees, businesses, auspiced community organisations.
There are many other projects that are now underway. Examples of these projects are:
- Economic Stimulus projects selected by the community focusing on Streetscape and Branding.
- 15 leadership and resilience scholarships with Charles Sturt University for community members from across Bellingen Shire.
- Work to support RFS Get Ready Campaign for the 2020/2021 Bushfire season.
- Work with elders in Dorrigo to define a project focusing on cultural fire practices
- Planning for a shire-wide Community Resilience Network
- A project to improve the coherence of emergency information available to the public
- To read further information about the approved program, please see:
If you are unable to attend drop-in sessions, would like to find out more about the Program, or have specific questions, please email, phone or drop in and see Liz Hull or Clare Danby.
Clare Danby – email [email protected] or phone – 0428 720502
Liz Hull – email [email protected] or phone – 0429 001059