14 February 2023

More than $1.6 million in further bushfire funding awarded to Indi

More than $1.6 million in new bushfire recovery funding has been awarded to projects in communities impacted by the Black Summer bushfires in Indi.

Helen Haines, Independent Federal Member for Indi, celebrated the announcement of the third and final round of the Local Community Projects Grants program, which was jointly funded by the Victorian and Federal Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

“These projects will continue the recovery effort in communities affected by the Black Summer bushfires, covering community recreation and sport, digital support for businesses and energy resilience during future emergencies,” Dr Haines said.

“I was proud to support some of these projects through letters of support, and I look forward to seeing the changes all of these projects will make to their towns.

“Bushfire recovery takes a long time and it’s important that Governments continue to support these communities over time.”

Dr Haines said this funding added to the total of bushfire funding that had already been allocated to Indi.

“More than $121 million in bushfire recovery funding has flowed to Indi since the Black Summer bushfires, including for community-building projects like the ones funded in this latest round.

“It is positive to see funding awarded for the Tintaldra Recreation Reserve, which was wrongly rejected for funding by the former Federal Government due to a technicality about their ABN.”

Projects in Indi to be awarded funding are:

  • $301,000 to Alpine Health for the installation of Outdoor Fitness Equipment (OFE) in Porepunkah and Myrtleford.
  • $327,004 to Corryong Sporting Complex Incorporated for upgrades to the Corryong Golf Course that will support community healing and recovery through the encouraging of healthy activities and connection.
  • $183,101 for the Upper Murray Region Community Catering Hub to build a shed to house catering equipment that the community will have low-cost access to during emergencies and for public events and training.
  • $225,000 to Startup Shakeup Ltd for provision of in region digital training for small businesses and community organisations within Towong and Alpine Shires.
  • $304,420 to Tintaldra Recreation Reserve Committee of Management for re-establishment and refurbishment of the Recreation Reserve and assets.
  • $276,543 to Totally Renewable Yackandandah for the Yackandandah Emergency Readiness project, which will improve resilience and provide additional community services by increasing capacity to maintain and provide power supplies during times of emergency or disruption.

The Local Community Projects Grants, funded under the Local Economic Recovery (LER) program, funds local projects vital for community recovery in bushfire-affected regions.

The projects funded under this program build a sense of community pride and connectedness, supporting the critical role communities play in leading their own recovery.

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