Monday, April 22, 2024

New Disaster Response Taskforce for NSW councils

A new NSW Disaster Response Taskforce has been established to help local councils respond to natural disasters and manage the recovery process.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said five new roles had been created to help council staff develop and deliver disaster recovery projects across NSW.

“The scale of the recent floods across NSW have put local councils under immense pressure as they work hard to restore safe access and rebuild – a job that they sometimes do not have the in-house capability or capacity to deliver quickly,” Mr Barilaro said.

“That’s why we have established this specialised taskforce to work with councils across the state to help their communities get back on their feet as soon as possible.”

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Paul Toole said the new staff would assist councils in applying for disaster funding to ensure they have the resources they need to fix vital infrastructure in a timely manner.

“We know how important these roads are to local communities, and how difficult the recovery process can be, which is why we’re putting boots on the ground in affected communities to make sure funding and expertise is available as soon as possible,” Mr Toole said.

“These specialists will be based in the regions they are supporting, which makes a huge difference in understanding the needs of each community, and will be in place by the end of the month.”

Minister for Local Government, Shelley Hancock said the taskforce was great news for local councils.

“This will help councils on the ground where it’s needed most, easing pressure on the local government sector and helping to get our road network back on track after several years of unprecedented natural disasters,” said Mrs Hancock.

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