am Marshall stand in front of burnt fruit trees and speak to four male farmers.

Bushfire affected businesses and communities are being encouraged to apply for a share of the $250 million Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund which has now been extended to give peace of mind to those needing assistance. 

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said applications for the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund will be extended to 28 January 2021, in order to give communities more time to prepare their applications at a time when they most need support.

“The $250 million Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund was designed to give communities and industries in bushfire impacted regions access to grants to develop local infrastructure and initiatives that will drive economic and social recovery, and help communities get back on their feet,” Ms Cooke said.

“We are creating vital economic stimulus for communities in the Cootamundra electorate when it is needed most, as well as creating crucial jobs during construction and well into the future.

“Through our record investment in regional infrastructure the NSW Government is ensuring communities that were devastated by bushfires are able to recover through projects that will bring a boost for generations to come.”

Deputy Premier and Leader of the NSW Nationals John Barilaro said an additional 12 months has also been provided for successful applicants to deliver their projects, with all projects now to be completed by June 2023.

“As communities focus on rebuilding, the last thing they need is to come up against bureaucratic red tape so we are working with communities and councils in bushfire impacted areas to support them during this period,” Mr Barilaro said.

“We know we need to work with people not against them, and we have heard communities loud and clear. Communities and businesses are still working to re-establish themselves, and for many, it is going to be some time before that is a possibility.

“By extending the deadline we are giving bushfire affected communities the opportunity to plan, develop and deliver the best proposals for projects that will support the social and economic recovery of these regions, and create vital jobs now and into the future.”

The NSW Government remains committed to supporting everyone who has been impacted by bushfires. If anyone has any questions about eligibility or requires support they are encouraged to contact the bushfire customer care line on 13 77 88, or visit the Service NSW website at www.service.nsw.gov.au.

To apply for Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund grants please visit:

https://www.nsw.gov.au/regional-nsw/bushfire-local-economic-recovery-fund