TAMWORTH COMMUNITY PREPARED FOR NATURAL DISASTERS
The Tamworth community will benefit from up to $115,000 for a new catering van and marquees to keep Tamworth fed and sheltered in the event of a natural disaster.
Deputy Premier Troy Grant said clubs are vibrant hubs of our community and during a natural disaster, it’s no different.
“It is important that when these tragic events like bushfires and floods happen, our clubs are properly equipped to do what they do so well and that’s take care of the community,” Mr Grant said.
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the West Tamworth Leagues Club is the main evacuation point for the town and the surrounding region.
“The club has committed, at the request of the Bush Fire Brigade, to assist during a natural disaster or power outage by providing food to the local hospital and Meals on Wheels,” Mr Anderson said.
“These new projects will give the club the right equipment to deliver on that commitment to the community.”
ClubsNSW Executive Manager of Public Affairs, Josh Landis, said that during times of crisis, clubs are there to take care of local residents and help the community manage through disaster.
“They also provide firefighters, Police, SES workers and other emergency personnel with food, a place to take respite, and often a base of operation,” he said.
Chief Executive Officer of West Tamworth Leagues Club, Rod Laing, said the funding ensured the Club would be able to provide assistance for the local community during times of crisis.
“On behalf of the Club and the Tamworth community, I would like to thank the NSW Government for providing the financial support to purchase a new catering van and marquees for use during natural disasters,” he said.
These grants follow the NSW Government changing regulation last month so that registered clubs will have the ability under law to become centres of shelter and safety in emergencies for any resident living within a 5km radius.
The Registered Clubs Amendment (Exception to 5 Kilometre Rule) Regulation 2015 relaxed the requirement for anyone living within a five-kilometre radius of a registered club to be a member to enter the club during emergencies.