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Media articles

Get ready for a more resilient Clarence Way

Joint media release with the Hon Jihad Dib MP and the Hon Jenny Aitchison MP

Work is well underway to ensure the Northern Rivers region is better prepared to withstand future severe weather events, with physical works now starting this week to improve a stretch of Clarence Way.

The only road connecting north to south in this area, Clarence Way provides a vital thoroughfare between Woodenbong and Grafton in the south.

Recovery support available for flood-affected NSW communities

Joint media release with the Hon Jihad Dib MP

Disaster assistance is now available in the Camden, Kiama, Shellharbour, Shoalhaven, Wingecarribee and Wollongong Local Government Areas (LGAs) following the impact of flooding from 6 June 2024.

The assistance measures are being provided by the Australian and New South Wales Governments through the Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

Support includes:

National volunteer disaster relief organisation makes Queensland home

Brisbane will be the new home of a key national disaster recovery organisation, with the opening of Disaster Relief Australia’s National Operations Centre at Hendra this week.

The facility will serve as the headquarters for Disaster Relief Australia’s (DRA) operations, including planning and coordination of its nation-wide deployments, and as a hub for volunteer training.

Batlow Fruit Company packhouse upgrade complete

Joint media release with the Hon Kristy McBain MP and the Hon Tara Moriarty MLC

Batlow Fruit Company – the largest grower and packer of apples in NSW – is now able to package more apples than ever at its Snowy Valleys location, thanks to the Australian and NSW Governments.

A project to modernise the company’s Batlow packhouse received more than $2.7 million in joint funding under the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund, with an additional $274,575 from Batlow Fruit Company.

Disaster support for flooded western Queensland communities

Joint media release with the Hon Nikki Boyd MP

Western Queensland councils impacted by recent heavy rains and flooding will receive funding for their response activities and ongoing recovery.

Activated through the Commonwealth-state Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA), the support is available to the councils of Balonne, Barcoo, Bulloo, Flinders, Goondiwindi, Maranoa, Murweh and Richmond.

Assistance is available to help Councils and State authorities with counter disaster operations and the reconstruction of essential public assets.

Federal disaster recovery support to states reaches $11.4 billion

The cost of responding to natural disasters is rising, with $11.4 billion allocated in the Australian Government’s 2024-25 Budget to continue supporting ongoing recovery efforts across Australia.

Through Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements, the Federal Government assists State and Territory Governments by cost-sharing support measuring following a declared disaster event.

Exercise Aurora shines light on importance of preparedness

Just a week after the Southern Lights dazzled Australian skies, government agencies have gathered in Adelaide today to ‘war game’ what would happen if a more severe event damaged or disabled the country’s critical services, including GPS, power grids, electricity and radio communications.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), in partnership with the Bureau of Meteorology, Geoscience Australia and the Department of Home Affairs, is delivering the latest National Crisis Exercise - Exercise Aurora.

More aircraft to keep Australians safer from disasters

The Australian Government will ensure Australia is better prepared for future natural disasters by funding more aircraft to respond to fires, floods and other severe weather events.

Through the 2024-25 Budget, the Government will provide an additional $35 million over the next two years to the National Aerial Firefighting Centre (NAFC), which supports the delivery of national, state and territory aircraft for use by fire and emergency services.