Building Disaster Resilience In Baulkham Hills

Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP and Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott has announced the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils has been awarded funding under the Community Resilience Innovation Program (CRIP) and Emergency Volunteers Support Scheme (EVSS).

Mr Elliott said communities come together during a time of natural disaster and it is vital they receive the best support possible.

“I am proud to represent Baulkham Hills where so many people dedicate their time to ensuring we’re prepared for natural disasters and I thank them for their selflessness and community spirit,” Mr Elliott said.

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils has received $215,000 for their project titled Heat Smart Western Sydney.

The project aims to improve risk awareness, capacity and preparedness for heatwaves among vulnerable groups by improving cross-sector collaboration, up skilling front-line staff and community outreach to build resilience.

The CRIP supports a broad range of community-led projects to increase disaster preparedness and build community resilience.

The EVSS will use its funding to promote volunteer agencies including the Rural Fire Service, State Emergency Services and Marine Rescue in NSW to boost the number of volunteers and develop their practical skills.

Mr Elliott said the NSW Government was injecting more than $2 million into recruiting volunteers and developing their leadership skills to enhance disaster resilience across NSW.

“While our emergency service agencies like the SES, RFS and FRNSW do remarkable work protecting and supporting communities in times of need, we all have a responsibility to think ahead, get ready and be as prepared as possible,” Mr Elliott said.