Bushfire recovery projects receive $3.6M

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch, and Member for Robertson, Lucy Wicks, with members of Bara Barang Corporation

Three Central Coast businesses will receive a critical boost through Stage Two of the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund, co-funded by the Australian and NSW Governments.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch, said $3.6M in funding will help deliver important infrastructure and industry improvements following the devastating bushfires of 2019-20.

Crouch said Bara Barang Corporation, based in Gosford, would receive $816,433.00 to be used towards constructing an Aboriginal Cultural Economic Prosperity Project at Mangrove Mountain.

“Not only will the Central Coast community now be able to fully experience an environmentally and culturally significant location right in our own backyard, but the construction phase of this project will deliver training
and employment opportunities for Aboriginal young people throughout our community,” he said.

The funding grant also provides $2.55M to construct a new visitor centre at Mangrove Creek Dam and $255,470 for the Central Coast Industry Festival.

Federal Member for Robertson Lucy Wicks said the projects were one part of the complete recovery journey for the Coast community.

“The Stage Two Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund projects were designed with the specific recovery needs of each community in mind and guided by locally led applications,” Wicks said.

“Over a year has passed since the Black Summer bushfires and we are continuing to deliver the support that the Central Coast needs.

“People are rebuilding their lives and we are backing projects that will bring our community together, support tourism, provide improved or new social amenity, and increase preparedness to future bushfires. All of these things play a part in recovery.”

The Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Package is one part of the $4.5B overarching bushfire support program co-funded by the Australian and NSW Governments for bushfire recovery, response and preparedness in NSW.

Media release, Dec 15
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch