Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and New South Wales Minister for Justice and Police Troy Grant thas announced $27 million in funding to further strengthen the resilience of New South Wales communities to natural disasters.

Minister Keenan said $13.6 million in Commonwealth funding is being provided to New South Wales as part of the $52.2 million national partnership agreement on natural disaster resilience.

“We know that natural disasters are a fact of life in Australia, having an enormous impact on our economy and the potential to cripple businesses and communities,” Mr Keenan said.

“While many natural disasters are unpredictable, we can all be better prepared.

“These programmes, led by state agencies, local councils, non-government organisations, volunteer organisations and researchers, are all designed to help communities step up efforts to manage and respond to natural disaster risks.”

The funding will strengthen community resilience to natural disasters through the continuation of New South Wales’ existing funding programmes, including the Community Resilience Innovation Program (CRIP), Emergency Volunteer Support Scheme (EVSS), bushfire and floodplain grants schemes, and State Emergency Management Projects.

Minister Grant said this funding will ensure local communities are better prepared to respond to emergencies and disasters so that lives and properties can be saved.

“This funding will go towards further research that will allow communities to respond more effectively to natural disasters, and to help them understand and better prepare for when they do strike,” Mr Grant said.

“These partnerships between all levels of government, non-government organisations and the community will help to build a culture of shared responsibility.”