Port Macquarie-Hastings Council is one of five bushfire-affected council regions in the Cowper electorate announced to receive further funding from a $17 million National Bushfire Recovery Agency package.
Each council could receive between $225,000 to $416,667 depending on the impact and devastation caused by the blazes in the area, after a government announcement on February 14.
Federal Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan and Mayor Peta Pinson were attending a National Servicemen's Association of NSW national day event at McInherney Park in Port Macquarie during the announcement.
"Local councils have received major damage to infrastructure, assets and public facilities since the unprecedented bushfires tore through our region," said Mr Conaghan.
"A total of 17 facilities were damaged or destroyed in the bushfires. Six in the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council area, seven in the Kempsey area and four in Nambucca Valley when fires destroying more than 130,000 hectares of land tore through.
Mayors and councillors are extremely close to their communities and have in-depth knowledge of how the bushfires have impacted their areas and communities.Federal Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan
"Mayors and councillors are extremely close to their communities and have in-depth knowledge of how the bushfires have impacted their areas and communities.
"This is why the National Bushfire Recovery Agency has made this independent decision to direct money toward their recovery."
Around $416,667 in assistance will be allocated for the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council area by the National Bushfire Recovery Agency.
Kempsey Shire Council will receive $416,667 from the latest $17 million package, $416,667 will go towards Nambucca Valley Council, $225,000 for Bellingen Shire Council and $300,000 for Coffs Harbour City Council.
Funding was determined through factors such as population, disaster recovery payments already received, the area burnt and socio-economic factors, by the National Bushfire Recovery Agency. It follows $1 million being allocated to all councils in early January.
"This is just how we assist our entire local government area to get back on their feet and that goes for our business people as well," said Mayor Pinson.
"We need to support those people most affected in rebuilding not just their homes but their lives as well.
"This funding could be used in a multitude of purposes and those projects are being considered by our staff through the general manager. They can be used for community events to bring people together.
"I'll be looking forward to seeing what those community projects are going to be and how they can benefit everybody in the future."
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