Bushfire recovery funding for community groups

Council is continuing to support community bushfire recovery by selecting 19 local organisations to receive grants from the Bushfire Community Recovery & Resilience Fund (BCRRF).

The grants, ranging from $1,850 to $7000, will support a wide variety of community groups throughout the Blue Mountains, for projects ranging from environmental and land care initiatives, to music and arts activities.

“We continue to care for our community more than a year after bushfires devastated our region in the summer of 2019/2020,” Mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill said.

“We have lobbied hard to all levels of government, on behalf of our affected communities, so that they are not forgotten.

“This significant community funding, totalling $100,000, will offer welcome assistance for a variety of wonderful local groups and organisations, to allow them to continue their valued work in recovery and resilience.”

The grants were advertised from March – May 2021. The 19 groups selected from 23 applications are:

Blackheath Anglican ChurchMainly Music – Pre-school Music Sessions$2,000
Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre (BANC)Caring for Country Film-making Project$6,150
Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre (BANC)Medlow Music in the Park$2,000
Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre (BANC)Satin Bower Birds Waste and Recycling Education Workshops in Schools$6,000
Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre (BANC)Free Propagation Workshops at Cliff view Community Farm$4,500
Blackheath Rhododendron Festival IncFestival Choir Event$6,000
Blue Fringe Committee – Project of Belong Blue Mountains & Springwood Neighbourhood Centre CooperativeCreate for Wellbeing Workshops$6,500
Blue Mountains Women’s ShedBillycart Wellbeing Workshops$1,850
Dharug Ngurra Aboriginal CorporationYanama Budyari Gumada Workshops$5,700
Greater Sydney Landcare Network Inc – auspicing Allendale Landcare GroupAllendale Landcare Groups Post-Fire Recovery Study$7,000
Lapstone Out of School Hours Care (OOSH)Wellbeing and Garden Care Project for Children$5,720
Lyttleton Stores Co-Op LtdResilience in the Face of Natural Disasters Workshops$6,980
Megalong Valley Community and Landowners Association IncMegalong Community Hall Outdoor Area Upgrade$7,000
Mount Tomah Residents Association – auspicing West ProjectsWest Projects Arts Program$3,000
Mount Victoria Community Association IncCommunity Parkcare Project$6,000
Mount Wilson Progress Association IncMt Wilson – Mt Irvine Horticultural Show$3,000
Winmalee Neighbourhood CentreBell RFS Community Garden$6,600
Winter Magic Festival AssociationCommunity Arts Program (with the Katoomba Winter Magic Festival)$7,000
Women with AltitudeFuture Proof your Business Workshop Series$7,000

The Community Grants Assistance Program is one of a number of projects from BCRRF, funded by Resilience NSW.

These Community Grants and projects are in addition to the $7.9 million Council has been awarded from the Local Bushfire Economic Recovery Fund, which will fund four major bushfire recovery projects in the Blue Mountains.

Photo: Community bushfire recovery in action

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