Aboriginal Lands bushfire recovery funding

Program snapshot

Category: Bushfire Recovery Programs

Amounts: The program offers funding to assist and support bushfire-impacted Aboriginal communities to clean-up and dispose of bushfire waste and install deterrence infrastructure (fencing, gates, bollards and signage) to prevent future illegal dumping on Aboriginal lands.

Eligible bodies: Eligible bodies were Local Aboriginal Land Councils and other Aboriginal land managers (Aboriginal Organisations or Corporations) conducting clean-up projects from the 2019-20 summer bushfires, which are not eligible for the initial government-funded bushfire clean-up program.  

Contact: Email RecoveryandResiliencePrograms@epa.nsw.gov.au

Status: Registrations are now closed and projects are underway.

Managed by: NSW Environment Protection Authority, This program is funded under the joint Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

Aims

This initiative focuses on supporting Local Aboriginal Land Councils and Aboriginal land managers with the clean-up of bushfire impacted lands and determine the impacts following the 2019–20 NSW bushfires. It aims to improve data quality on the extent of bushfire impacts across NSW and will provide important baseline evidence of the lingering impact of the bushfires. The program may cover

  • Clean-up of bushfire-affected infrastructure such as cultural centres, cultural sites, sheds, fences, office buildings and signage.
  • Removal and remediation of bushfire impacted contaminated lands.
  • Removal of hazardous trees or green waste restricting access to sites.
  • Clean-up and repair of access trails to aboriginal lands.
  • Clean-up of illegally dumped bushfire and legacy waste.
  • Installation of illegal dumping deterrence measures to restrict access to aboriginal lands (fences, bollards, physical rock barriers or signage).

Useful documents

Grant rounds

Round 1

10 Aboriginal communities registered an expression of interest for Round 1 of the program and 9 were assessed as eligible. Round 1 works were completed in October 2021.

Stakeholder Local Government Area Spend to date

Baryulgil LALC

Clarence Valley Council

$180,000

Eden LALC

Bega Valley Shire Council

$550,000

Jerringa LALC

Shoalhaven City Council

$550,000

Malabugilmah LALC

Clarence Valley Council

$45,000

Merrimans LALC

Bega Valley Shire Council

$300,000

Mogo LALC

Eurobodalla Shire Council

$750,000

Nowra LALC

Shoalhaven City Council

$1,100,000

Wanaruah LALC

Singleton Shire Council

$8,000

Wattle Ridge LALC

Tamworth Regional Council

$60,000

Round 2

18 Aboriginal communities registered an expression of interest for Round 2 of the program and 13 have been assessed as eligible to date.

Stakeholder Local Government Area Spend to date

Biraban LALC

Lake Macquarie City Council

N/A

Birrigan Gargle LALC

Clarence Valley Council

$10,000

Bodalla LALC

Eurobodalla Shire Council

$55,000

Bowraville LALC

Nambucca Valley Council

$25,000

Cobowra LALC

Eurobodalla Shire Council

$5,000

Forster LALC

MidCoast Council

N/A

Grafton Ngerrie LALC

Clarence Valley Council

N/A

Illaroo Farm (Mia Mia) LALC

Shoalhaven City Council

$15,000

Merrimans LALC

Bega Valley Shire Council

$75,000

Mingaan Wiradjuri Aboriginal Corporation

Lithgow City Council

N/A

Purfleet/Taree LALC

MidCoast Council

$85,000

Thunggutti LALC

Kempsey Shire Council

$490,000

Wagonga LALC

Eurobodalla Shire Council

$35,000

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