The funding boost is set to support projects led by state agencies, local councils, non-government organisations, volunteer organisations and researchers; all geared toward helping communities prepare for and respond to natural disasters.
Commonwealth Minister for Justice Michael Keenan is encouraging communities across Australia to step up their efforts to manage natural disaster risks.
“Natural disasters have an enormous impact on our economy and cripple businesses and communities and although many natural disasters are unpredictable, we can all be better prepared”, Mr Keenan said.
New South Wales Minister for Police and Emergency Services Stuart Ayres said the funding will make a major difference to disaster relief in NSW.
“We’re funding these projects to save lives, whether through researching aspects of emergencies in order to respond more effectively to natural disasters or assisting communities to understand and prepare better for the impacts of natural disasters,” Mr Ayres said.
Projects will be announced locally over the coming months.