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Joint media release with the Hon Brendan O’connor MP and the Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

The Albanese and Cook Governments are delivering support for the clean-up, rehabilitation and monitoring of the long-term impacts of affected environmental, heritage and cultural assets impacted by the January floods, through a new joint funded grants program.

The Environment, Heritage and Culture Assets Flexible Grants Program is available for incorporated community groups, non-government organisations, registered charities, primary producers (including pastoral leaseholders and horticulturalists), Prescribed Bodies Corporate, and government agencies to support flood recovery in Western Australia’s Kimberley region.

The program offers two grant categories:

  • small grants of up to $100,000
  • large grants of up to $500,000

Jointly funded through the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA), grants will also be made available for on-Country activities that enable Traditional Owners to reconnect with Country that has been impacted by flooding.

The grants program will be delivered by the WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, through a cross-agency advisory panel made up of the WA Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and the WA Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.

Acting Federal Minister for Emergency Management, Brendan O’Connor encouraged those eligible to apply for the grants as flood recovery in the Kimberley moves forward.

“This assistance will help community organisations undertake clean up and repairs to culturally significant areas,” Minister O’Connor said.

“As communities recover from the destructive flood and storm events earlier this year, the Commonwealth is continuing to support the Western Australian Government to deliver clean-up efforts and the rehabilitation of flood-damaged areas of cultural importance and environmental significance.

“With these grants we can address longer-term recovery needs for endangered and threatened species, and importantly, ensure that impacted communities remain connected to Country, and continue to care for it.”

Western Australian Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson said record flooding in the West Kimberley earlier this year has had a severe impact on many of the region’s unique and internationally significant environmental and cultural assets.

“There are more than 240 significant Aboriginal heritage places in the Fitzroy catchment and along the river, and many have been impacted by the floods,” Minister Dawson said.

“These sites are integral to the lives of the Traditional Owners for food, medicine, customary activities and cultural tourism.

“Reconnecting with Country, restoring and cleaning up heritage and conservation sites, and carrying out custodial responsibilities is critical to the wellbeing of Traditional Owners.

“The floods have also caused severe riverbank erosion, loss of surrounding vegetation and disruption to the habitat of native fauna, as well as increased the spread of weeds and animal pests.

“The Cook Government recognises the significance of these unique cultural and environmental assets and that’s why we’ve been working closely with the Albanese Government to provide financial support for their clean-up and restoration.”

More information about the grant program is available at EmergencyWA - Recovery.

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