Hunter bushfire recovery boosted with funding for local project

Nov 3, 2020 | Media Releases 2020

A new bushfire recovery grant for the Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association: Recovery & Resilience Program in Pokolbin, worth a total of $585,750, has just been approved by the Australian and New South Wales governments.

This grant will help boost the local economy as the community recovers from the 2019-20 bushfires.

NSW Nationals Senator Perin Davey said this initiative in the Hunter region is among 49 industry projects jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales Government to support local economic recovery after the fires.

Senator Davey said the project will sustain the vitally important wine tourism sector in the Hunter, keeping or creating jobs and ensuring long-term viability.  

“Areas of the Hunter were hit hard by bushfire last year, but adding salt to the wound was the reputational damage to the wine industry with talk of smoke-tainted grapes and lost vintages,” Senator Davey said.

“The goal of this particular grant is to regain the wine quality reputation of the Hunter, increase consumer demand, raise wine sales value, and boost domestic tourism.”

“It’s great to see these projects moving forward, as one part of more than $500 million from the Australian and NSW governments for tangible, on the ground projects in fire affected regions.”

Australian Minister for Emergency Management, David Littleproud said getting these industries back on their feet will be a vital economic driver in fire affected regions.

“Getting local industries back on their feet is a crucial part of bushfire recovery,” Minister Littleproud said.

“Funding for projects in NSW’s forestry, oyster, apiary, apple, horticulture and wine making industries will ensure the continued viability and growth of these local employers.

“This funding will help these businesses keep employing locals, keep spending locally and allow them to play an important role in community recovery after the fires.”

Overall, the Australian and NSW governments are investing more than $500 million to support bushfire projects that drive local economic, community and industry recovery. This joint funding is being delivered in two ways: 

  • Fast-tracked community and industry recovery projects, including these 49 projects, are being identified by the NSW Government following local and industry consultation.
  • Applications are open from 27 October for project funding under the $250 million Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund.  Communities are encouraged to apply for grants of between $200,000 and $20 million. Grants are open to organisations such as councils, joint organisations, business chambers, charities, businesses and Local Aboriginal Land Councils to deliver successful projects. For more information, visit www.nsw.gov.au/blerfund.

For details of local economic recovery projects approved across New South Wales see minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/ministers-for-home-affairs/the-hon-david-littleproud-mp/home