The Critical Infrastructure workstream works with relevant agencies, local authorities and the private sector to repair and recover essential assets and enabling infrastructure affected by the flooding.
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The workstream will also identify an approach for the long-term adaptation of critical infrastructure needed to support resilient, productive and sustainable communities in the Northern Rivers.
The Infrastructure Recovery and Coordination Program and Critical Infrastructure Adaptation Program will help deliver these outcomes.
Infrastructure Recovery and Coordination Program
The Infrastructure Recovery and Coordination Program includes the Infrastructure Coordination Office (ICO), which was established to work with NSW Government agencies and local government to help coordinate the recovery of critical infrastructure across the region.
The ICO is currently working to prioritise over 2500 infrastructure projects across the 7 Northern Rivers LGAs to balance community need and regional supply chain constraints.
The ICO works closely with all Northern Rivers Councils and Government agencies to identify risks to delivery and implement initiatives and policies to minimise the impact the regions recovery efforts.
The ICO connects with the Resilient Land Program and Resilient Homes Program to ensure the delivery of critical enabling infrastructure, such as water and wastewater connectivity, is coordinated with the supply of residential land, home retrofitting, repair and raising.
Critical Water and Wastewater Recovery
The ICO is also delivering key public infrastructure support programs in the Northern Rivers, including the $145 million Critical Water and Wastewater Recovery Program, and the Whole-of-region Road Condition Assessment program.
Critical Infrastructure Adaptation Program
The Critical Infrastructure Adaptation Program will assess critical infrastructure assets across the region to understand their exposure and vulnerability to natural hazard risk.
The program will identify region-wide, local, and asset-level mitigation and adaptation strategies for each asset, and develop a place-based, approach to deliver any investment needed to mitigate and adapt to this hazard risk. This work is underpinned by the region-wide All Hazard Risk Assessment.