NSW Government announce funding to protect Narromine

Narromine residents will be better protected from the risk of flash flooding as the summer storm season commences, thanks to $92,000 in new funding from the NSW Government.

Member for Dubbo and Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant said the funding will help Narromine Shire Council design a levee and review the floodplain risk management plan.

“Floods devastate communities, taking lives and destroying homes and businesses, so we must support our councils in researching, planning and preparing should the worst happen,” Mr Grant said.

“Funding for this project will enable council to make informed decisions on the best way to invest in flood mitigation, and better manage the risks posed by floods.

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“With summer now underway, this is a timely opportunity to fortify our future by protecting our local residents, properties and infrastructure moving forward.”

The Government has provided $1.8 million in 2018-2019 to fund a number of projects, including the plan for Narromine Shire Council, as part of the Floodplain Grants Scheme.

Both the NSW Office of Emergency Management and the Commonwealth Government provide funding for the scheme, which supports local councils and other government bodies in their efforts to strengthen flood protection plans in their communities.

“Local councils are best placed to make decisions for their areas, which is why the Commonwealth and NSW Governments have been working closely to support projects that help build resilience against flooding,” Mr Grant said.

A further $5.1 million is also allocated for the NSW Government Floodplain Management Program that also enables government bodies with floodplain risk management responsibilities to undertake priority projects.