Penrith will be better prepared for future flood events after the announcement of over $358,000 dollars for two projects as part of an additional $2.34 million in funding to assist local councils understand and manage the risk posed by floods.
More than eight local councils including Penrith City Council will benefit from a funding boost as part of the Floodplain Grants Scheme, one of a suite of programs under the Natural Disaster Resilience Program.
Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith said protecting our local community from disaster is of utmost importance.
“Our community knows how devastating a flood event can be, and as we deal with the current La Niña event it is crucial we continue to be as prepared as possible,” Stuart Ayres said.
“This funding will mean the areas that are most at risk from flooding are also the most prepared and is part of the NSW Government’s ongoing commitment to the safety and resilience of our State when facing natural disasters.”
Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott highlighted the importance of this investment in helping communities across metropolitan Sydney and regional NSW more resilient to natural disasters and emergencies.
“This funding will help empower local councils to understand, manage and minimise some of the risks and devastation in their communities associated with flooding events,” Mr Elliott said.
“Our State has already seen significant flooding events this year, so it is critical we ensure local communities have all the support they need to better prepare for flooding – making them stronger and more resilient.”
Projects supported through this funding range from flood studies through to the construction of flood mitigation infrastructure such as detention basins, levees, crossings, floodgates and flood warning systems.
You can find a full list of Floodplain Grants Scheme (FGS) projects here.
Applications for the next round of funding are open and will close of Thursday 18 March 2021