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Joint media release with the Hon Linda Burney MP and the Hon Ben Franklin MLC

Targeted funding is now available to repair, restore and enhance First Nations-owned social and cultural assets damaged last year in the February and June floods, thanks to the Commonwealth and NSW Governments’ $44 million Aboriginal-owned Assets Program.

The program will provide funding for the repair, restoration and betterment of community infrastructure like First Nations-owned day-care centres, medical and aged-care facilities, cultural sites and keeping places.

The support will be targeted at the most flood-impacted Local Government Areas(LGAs) of: Ballina, Bellingen, Byron, Camden, Central Coast, Cessnock, Clarence Valley, Glen Innes Severn, Hawkesbury, Kempsey, Kyogle, Lismore, Muswellbrook, Nambucca, Narromine, Richmond Valley, Singleton, Tenterfield and Tweed.

Federal Minister for Indigenous Australians, Linda Burney said the program supports Local Aboriginal Land Councils (LALCs) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled organisations that own or manage social infrastructure.

“These organisations are often on the front line in times of need, ensuring timely, practical and culturally sensitive support is available to First Nations people and communities,” Ms Burney said.

Federal Minister for Emergency Management Senator Murray Watt said it was the latest step on the road to recovery.

“We are committed to the recovery of flood-affected regions, and this program is a firm commitment to ensure First Nations-led organisations have what they need to recover and thrive,” Mr Watt said.

“We want to see communities bounce back even stronger after the floods, and this support will not just repair infrastructure, but make it more resilient to future natural disasters.”

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Ben Franklin said the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government had been on the ground engaging with flood affected Aboriginal communities to design a program that meets their needs.

“Building on the success of the 2021 Community Local Infrastructure Recovery Program, the Department will again work hand-in-hand with eligible organisations to develop their projects and support them through the application process,” Mr Franklin said.

“I encourage eligible LALCs, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled organisations and corporations to make the most of this opportunity to secure the funding needed to recover and rebuild following the 2022 floods.”

The Aboriginal-owned Assets Program is jointly funded by the Federal and NSW Governments under Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

Applications are now open. For more information and to apply, visit the NSW Aboriginal Affairs website.

Eligible LGA’s: LGAs that were disaster declared under AGRN 1012 and/or AGRN 1025 in 2022 may be considered for funding if they can demonstrate need and support for a project in their community with robust alignment to the program criteria.

​​This release was originally published on the Ministers for the Department of Home Affairs' website.