Environment Minister Mark Speakman said the grants would help communities prepare for extreme weather events well in advance of them occurring.
“Floods and natural disasters are an inevitable reality in Australia and it is important we support our councils to consolidate the safety of people and property in our communities,” Mr Speakman said.
“Losses from flooding in NSW can be high. Floods can cause untold damage to not only the physical but also the emotional wellbeing of our communities.”
Examples of new projects to be funded include:
• $3.66 million to Murrumbidgee Shire Council to continue the Darlington Point Levee, which once completed will protect the town from most flood events.
• $140,000 to Dungog Shire Council to develop a flood risk management study and use information from the April floods to review its existing studies and determine suitable mitigation strategies.