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12 Nov 2021

Funding for disaster risk reduction projects in Onkaparinga | Media Release

The City of Onkaparinga will receive a $165,000 boost from the Australian and South Australian Governments to further strengthen its communities against bushfires, floods and other extreme weather events.

Senator for South Australia Andrew McLachlan CSC congratulated the council on its successful application for a Disaster Risk Reduction Grant, which has been delivered as a joint program between the Commonwealth and State Governments.

“I thank the City of Onkaparinga for the work it does to help reduce the risk and potentially devastating impacts of natural disasters,” Senator McLachlan said.

As part of the Disaster Risk Reduction Grant, the Commonwealth Government contributed $118,701 and the State Government provided $46,551. This funding will support community preparedness and resilience for disasters and emergencies in two locations most vulnerable to emergency events.

In all, nine disaster risk reduction initiatives have been funded in South Australia including $165,252 for the City of Onkaparinga, $318,300 for the SA Council of Social Service and Australian Red Cross (SA) and $165,000 for the South Australian Country Fire Service.

“Our South Australian Country Fire Service will also receive an additional $60,000 for a virtual bushfire risk information management system,” Senator McLachlan said.

“These grants will help make our communities better prepared and more resilient – and that means better outcomes for everyone when a disaster strikes.”

The Disaster Risk Reduction Grants Program is jointly funded with the Australian Government to reduce the risk and impact of natural disasters on South Australian communities in line with the National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework.

A full list of grant recipients in South Australia under the Disaster Risk Reduction Grants Program can be found at: Disaster Risk Reduction Grants – SAFECOM.

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