A total of $291,540 in funding has been approved for the local government areas of Bland, Narrandera and Coolamon for local floodplain management through the NSW Government’s Floodplain Management Program grants.
Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has welcomed the grant funding that she says will help Councils better understand and manage local flood risk and exposure in the region.
“I congratulate the Councils of Bland, Narrandera and Coolamon for securing this money to support their community through these projects,” Ms Cooke added.
“The funding of these studies comes at a crucial time following the prolonged wet season that many of our rural areas have experienced.”
The grants help with flood risk management studies, as well as the implementation of works to reduce risks such as flood levees, flood gates, warning systems, house raising or purchase in high-risk areas.
Ms Cooke says the new grant projects will enable local councils, county councils and other government bodies with floodplain risk management responsibilities to undertake priority projects.
This round of funding includes $137,600 for the Narrandera Shire Council for the Barellan levee design.
The 49 projects funded under the 2021-22 Floodplain Management grants program, which total $9.54 million, are in addition to the 208 ongoing projects valued at $49.64 million being implemented from previous years’ funding rounds.