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Three levels of government join forces to boost Gunnedah’s resilience

28 November 2019

The NSW and Federal governments have heard Gunnedah’s call to boost community and economic resilience during this time of drought.

The NSW Government and the Federal Government have agreed to contribute $1 million each to Gunnedah Shire Council’s Community Resilience Program.

Earlier in the month, Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton announced that $1 million dollars would be allocated to Gunnedah in the second round of the Drought Communities funding program and today, Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson announced that the State Government would also contribute $1 million dollars to Gunnedah Shire Council’s Community resilience program.

Council has already allocated $1 million this financial year, alongside an additional $200,000 to put towards new initiatives, community consultation and look at emergency assistance for people in crisis, as well as a co-ordinator to drive and oversee the program, bringing the total for the fund to $3.2 million.

“We are very grateful to the NSW and Federal governments for recognising the real need for this targeted program and matching our initial contribution,” Gunnedah Shire Mayor Jamie Chaffey said.

“This drought has created an economic crisis across rural NSW. Gunnedah is leading the way in putting in place a plan to identify exactly what is needed to not only answer the urgent needs of the community, but to help stimulate the economy.

“We must go beyond just patching the problem. Gunnedah Shire Council is helping to build the diversity and resilience of our community so we meet not only these challenges, but the challenges of the future.

“We have already begun the work of looking at how we can make the most difference through the Community Resilience Program.”

Cr Chaffey said the State and Federal governments had already contributed millions of dollars to drought relief. The additional allocation would allow drought responses tailored specifically to Gunnedah Shire.

Photo caption: Nationals Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson MP and Gunnedah Mayor Councillor Jamie Chaffey.

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Media contact: Eliza Gallen (02) 6740 2100.