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More than 40 local projects totaling approximately $30 million will be funded through the Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Program, with confirmation of funding for successful applicants announced Monday, February 14. Eden-Monaro MLA Kristy McBain welcomed the federal government’s announcement that more money will go to communities affected by the bushfires. Ms McBain had written to the minister in January on behalf of local community groups who were awaiting answers and frustrated by the significant delay and said of the announcement she was pleased to see so many worthwhile projects receiving much-needed support. A spokesperson for the NSW State Office and Program Delivery said the closing date for applications had been extended from September to October last year in response to community feedback about the “difficulties in completing applications while doing in the face of lockdowns and other pandemic restrictions”. “As a result, the program guidelines available on the business.gov.au website have been updated and republished,” the spokesperson said. Ms McBain said two years after the Black Summer bushfires there was still a long way to go in terms of recovery. “People in our communities have been working very hard for a long time now, and this funding will definitely give some of our communities a really good boost and get some fantastic local projects off the ground,” said McBain. “I was fortunate to meet community groups from Bega to Tumbarumba when they were working on their grant applications, and I was pleased to lend my support to help bring many of these projects to fruition.” New South Wales Senator Jim Molan said the grants would fund a wide range of recovery and resilience projects, from social and community welfare to projects that support local jobs, small businesses and infrastructure. “It was important that we fund projects that were based on need and merit and that offered lasting and tangible impact, tailored to local conditions and needs,” said Senator Molan. “The quality of the projects funded shows that our ‘locally driven’ approach is working.” Through Eden-Monaro, over $10 million will go to 21 projects in the Bega Valley, over $5 million will go to 7 projects in the Queanbeyan-Palerang council area, over $2.8 million will go to 7 projects in the Snowy Monaro and over $9 million will go to 12 projects in the Snowy Valleys. In addition to these local projects, regional and national organizations will also receive millions of dollars in funding to provide services in the Eden-Monaro area. Ms McBain said receiving the funding had not been an easy process. “Our community groups and nonprofits have put an incredible amount of hard work into writing full grant applications,” she said. “What we need to see now is the money delivered to every project on the ground as soon as possible, without further delays. “I have already spoken to some community groups to congratulate them and the relief and happiness of the individuals and groups is heart-warming. Ms. McBain added that while all of the funded projects were worthwhile, some would benefit cities and towns not just in the immediate future, but for many years to come. “These include the Cobargo RSL Memorial Hall The redevelopment and community cultural center of the former Bega Hospital, the Mongarlowe community hall and shelter, the upgrade of facilities at the Tumbarumba equine club and the development of the trail recreational of Mount Tumbarumba, among others. For a full list of funded projects across the country, visit https://recovery.gov.au/black-summer-grants overwhelming” from the community Symbol of Survival: koala joey nam ed by Mallacoota students