Grants for local NAIDOC events
Last week, NAIDOC events across the Parkes electorate were given a financial boost, with local organisations receiving more than $38,000 in community grants to help celebrate our rich Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture.
A total of 20 organisations in the Parkes electorate received funding for their NAIDOC Week events, including Miyay Birray Youth Service Incorporated Moree, Red Chief Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) Gunnedah, Warialda High School, Pilliga LALC, Toomelah Public School, Coonamble LALC, Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation Broken Hill, Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia Broken Hill, Lake Cargelligo Early Learning Centre, St Laurence’s Primary School Dubbo, Coonabarabran LALC, St Pius X School Dubbo, St Lawrence’s Central School Coonabarabran, St Michael’s School Dunedoo, Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service, Broken Hill LALC, Warren Central School, St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School Narromine, Coonabarabran High School and Condobolin High School.
NAIDOC Week is a particularly special time for communities across the Parkes electorate, and these grants helped local organisations recognise and honour the contributions and achievements of the Kamilaroi, Muruwari, Ngiyampaa, Paakantyi, Mulyanguppa, Wilyakali, Tubba-Gah and Wiradjuri people.
Apply now for water infrastructure rebate scheme
Farmers in the Parkes electorate can apply for funding to help make their properties more drought resilient, with the extended On-farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme (EWIRS) now open.
This is great news for drought-affected farmers, who will be able to use these rebates to fund small scale on-farm drought proofing water projects, including buying and laying pipes, installing water storage devices, such as tanks and troughs associated with stock watering and desilting dams and water bores.
This has been a hugely popular program that’s made a real difference for thousands of farmers in the electorate.
Local farmers can apply from now up until 30 June 2022 to get their share of the extra $50 million in funding secured for the EWIRS by the Coalition Government in the 2020-21 Budget.
The EWIRS is jointly funded by the Australian and NSW Governments and administered by the Rural Assistance Authority. To apply, visit www.raa.nsw.gov.au/grants/emergency-water-infrastructure-rebate
Bushfire recovery grant guidelines released
The guidelines for the Federal Government’s $280 million Black Summer Bushfire Recovery (BSBR) grants program have been released, and community organisations, businesses and councils in the Gwydir and Narrabri Local Government Areas are eligible to apply.
The BSBR grants are available in every Local Government Area that was disaster declared as a result of the 2019-20 Black Summer, with money set aside for projects in each eligible area.
This grants program is a great opportunity for communities in the Gwydir and Narrabri LGAs to identify and invest in recovery and resilience, through projects that address the social, economic or built environment needs of the community.
Applications open 22 July 2021 and close on 2 September 2021. Workshops to assist applicants with the grant process will be available in person and online from mid July.
The Black Summer Bushfire Grants program is part of the National Bushfire Recovery Fund. For more information and workshop details visit recovery.gov.au/black-summer-grants. Guidelines and the preview application form are available from the Business Grants Hub at https://business.gov.au/bsbr.