Two areas in the Parkes electorate will be better protected from the dangers of floods thanks to joint Commonwealth-State funding for local projects.
Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the Shire Councils of Narrabri and Narromine have received funding through the Floodplain Grants Scheme to strengthen their respective flood protection plans. The Scheme is backed by both the Commonwealth Government and the NSW Office of Emergency Management.
“Contending with drought is number one at the moment, but it’s crucial we are prepared for all manner of natural disasters that are part and parcel of life in Australia, and that includes floods,” Mr Coulton said.
“Narrabri Shire Council will complete a new floodplain study on the town of Boggabri to prepare for the next step – a floodplain risk management study and plan, and Narromine Shire Council will review and update its current plan.
“The best plans are informed by research, and with funding through the Floodplain Grants Scheme, we can ensure the most effective strategies are put in place to protect people and assets in the event of flooding.”
Assistant Minister for Home Affairs Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds, who has responsibility for Commonwealth disaster assistance, said the Commonwealth and NSW governments are working together to better mitigate flood risks.
“Floods can have a devastating impact on local communities by causing major damage to property, infrastructure and through the loss of life,” Assistant Minister Reynolds said.
“That is exactly why we have invested the money for local councils to prepare now should the worst happen later.”
The successful grantees include 12 local councils, including Narrabri and Narromine. Further information is available via http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/coasts/Floodgrants.htm
Narrabri Shire Council – $128,571
Narromine Shire Council – $92,571