WE’VE GOT YOUR BACK GUNNEDAH - $1 MILLION GRANT TO BUILD COMMUNITY RESILIENCE
Community resilience is being tested by this unprecedented drought and a grant of $1 million will help to inject a stimulus to the Gunnedah economy, Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said.
Mr Anderson said the NSW Government grant is part of a three-pronged approach by State, Federal and Local Government to fund $1 million each for a Community Resilience Program that aims to support businesses, farmers and the community in what is a critical time for the area.
“Supporting the regions in drought has required many approaches and every farm and small business has their own unique problems. There is no one silver bullet to sorting this and other drought concerns.
“Resilience is the one shared problem facing our community and I am committed to help find solutions to the current crisis facing our rural and regional people.
“The impact of the drought and the bushfires impacts negatively not only local economies but the emotional wellbeing of these communities.
“I want to congratulate the Gunnedah Shire Council, Mayor Jamie Chaffey and his team for not only making a commitment of $1 million, but taking a lead in an important part of everyday life.
“Australian agriculture aims to be the next $100 billion industry by 2030 and our towns like Gunnedah, Tamworth, Barraba, Manilla, Werris Creek, Walcha and Nundle will all have a role to play in hitting this target.
“Gunnedah Council, thank you for your commitment to build community resilience. I’m really happy to back you and to go into bat for the funding to support your efforts,” Mr Anderson concluded.
Mayor Jamie Chaffey thanked Mr Anderson and the NSW government for the funding commitment.
“We know the Gunnedah Community will benefit so much from this money,” Cr Chaffey said.