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Protecting our Communities (Disaster Resilience) Program

Protecting our Communities (Disaster Resilience) Program (POC)

We’re working with communities on projects to improve their resilience and readiness for disasters.

Through the POC Program, communities identified projects for their local area.

In 2022, the Australian Government committed $34.4 million to deliver 27 projects. 

Program objectives

1.  Increase disaster resilience.

  • By improving infrastructure, such as:
  • telecommunications infrastructure
  • road infrastructure
  • evacuation centres
  • cyclone shelters, and
  • emergency management precincts

2. Improve community preparedness.

  • Through volunteer training and developing disaster management plans

3. Enhance the ability to respond to disasters.

  • With the help of equipment such as water tankers.

Project delivery

Projects will be delivered in two parts. We will administer part one. State and Territory Governments will administer part two. This is legislated in the Federation Funding Agreements - Environment.

Project start dates and milestones will vary. By 30 June 2026, all projects will be complete.

The POC Program is no longer seeking project submissions. If you would like to find out more about the program, email RegionalPrograms@nema.gov.au.

List of projects

Part one

 

Project Title State/Territory Local Government Area Funding

All terrain Water Tankers

NSW

Snowy Valley

$1,250,000

Improve bushfire resilience to Mount Wandera Communications Station (Essential Energy)

NSW

Eurobodalla

$293,161

Improve bushfire resilience to Mount Wandera Communications Station (Eurobodalla Council)

NSW

Eurobodalla

$329,971

NBN Fixed Wireless Power Resilience Upgrade South Durras

NSW

Eurobodalla

$63,085

Replace the existing timber poles with composite poles along Durras Drive, Durras

NSW

Eurobodalla

$284,783

Mission Area Stormwater Upgrades

QLD

Palm Island

$378,000

Adelaide Hills fire risk signage

SA

Adelaide Hills

$175,000

Bushfire Preparedness and Resilience in the City of Mitcham

SA

Mitcham

$675,000

Connectivity improvements in Berringama and Lucyvale

VIC

Towong

$50,000

Mobile Water tanker for firefighting in Biggara

VIC

Towong

$30,000

Thowgla Connectivity Improvements

VIC

Towong

$80,000

Undergrounding power through and around Yanchep National Park

WA

Wanneroo

$1,250,000

This list will be updated as required.

 

Part two

 

Project title State/Territory Local Government Area Funding

Camden and Wollondilly Disaster Management Plan

NSW

Camden/ Wollondilly/ Wingecarribee

$500,000

Fire trails for Snowy Valleys

NSW

Snowy Valleys

$200,000

Macquarie Emergency Services

NSW

Hawkesbury/ Blue Mountains

$5,1000,000

North Richmond Emergency Evacuation Point

NSW

Hawkesbury

$2,500,000

Maningrida and Milingimbi Cyclone Shelters

NT

West Arnhem

$9,765,299

Coalbrook Road Works to Increase Resilience Against Flooding

QLD

Richmond

$301,620

Deepwater National Park Fire Trail

QLD

Gladstone

$2,000,000

FNQ Coastal Erosion Works

QLD

Cairns

$750,000

FNQ Pedestrian access bridge

QLD

Cook

$250,000

Gracemere Integrated Emergency Communications System

QLD

Rockhampton/ Gladstone

$500,000

Ipswich Showgrounds Evacuation Centre Upgrades

QLD

Ipswich

$1,500,000

Quick Response Units for Sturt CFS Group

SA

Marion

$400,000

Tasmanian RFS volunteer training

TAS

Tasmania

$500,000

Community Resilience Plan

VIC

East Gippsland

$75,000

Wanneroo Emergency Management Precinct

WA

Wanneroo

$3,750,000

This list will be updated as required.