A $9.67 million Community Recovery Fund has been activated to further support communities severely affected by the extreme weather event.
The Community Recovery Fund is being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Community Recovery Fund?
- The Community Recovery Fund is designed to assist communities affected by the Southern Tasmania Extreme Weather Event with their medium to long-term recovery by providing funding for activities/projects that support:
- community recovery;
- community development;
- community resilience; and
- capacity building for the future.
- The Community Recovery Fund will assist in restoring Local and State Government recreational infrastructure and community facilities, such as walking tracks, mountain bike trails, parks, playgrounds and sporting facilities.
- It will also support a number of community awareness, recovery and resilience building activities proposed by the State Government, local government and community organisations.
- The Community Recovery Fund is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.
How will the Community Recovery Fund assist councils?
- Councils can claim 75% of costs for the restoration of assets based on agreed damage estimates. Costs must be audited before financial assistance will be provided and funding will be provided on a reimbursement basis.
- This arrangement is consistent with other financial assistance being provided to Councils for the restoration of essential public infrastructure such as roads and bridges.
- Councils were also eligible to apply for the Community Recovery and Resilience Grants.
What are the Community Recovery and Resilience Grants?
- Through the grants, councils, incorporated non-profit organisations, and businesses with an ABN were invited to apply for funding to deliver locally driven projects that would assist in reducing the social, infrastructure and economic impacts of future events in the most severely affected areas, and support their recovery from the extreme weather event.
- Successful applicants have been announced. More information available in the Community Recovery and Resilience Grants.
Why are only four of the six affected local government areas eligible to receive assistance under the Community Recovery Fund?
- Provision exists under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements for states to apply for additional financial assistance where a community is severely affected and needs to restore social networks, community functioning and community facilities.
- Based on continuing impact assessments by the Recovery Unit and councils, the areas of highest need are in the Derwent Valley, Glenorchy City, Hobart City and Kingborough local government areas.
- The Huon Valley and Clarence City Councils have not reported significant damage to recreational infrastructure or community facilities. The Government continues to liaise with these Councils and will assess any emerging needs.
- Immediately after the event, the Australian and Tasmanian Governments made a range of assistance measures available to support individuals, families, small businesses, non-profit organisations and councils from across all six affected local government areas.
- Anyone who is still in need of assistance is encouraged to contact their local council or the Office of Security and Emergency Management by phoning 6232 7189 or emailing email@example.com.
What community awareness projects will the Government deliver?
- A number of community awareness projects have already been identified and will be delivered by the Government as a matter of priority.
- By delivering these initiatives, the Government hopes to improve community safety and resilience by encouraging Tasmanians to consider their preparedness for future events.
- These initiatives include:
- a public awareness and education project that will help people to understand risks to their property from natural disasters and the importance of appropriate insurance; and
- an awareness campaign to educate the public on the role of the SES and the purpose of its 132 500 emergency number.