The Federal and Tasmanian Governments have joined forces to provide up to $15 million in recovery support to councils, businesses, and community groups for areas impacted by a severe weather event that took place in October 2022.

Delivered through the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA), the new packages will ensure existing recovery grants for non-profit organisations will be extended to non-profit sporting organisations who are not registered charities. 

This will enable them to apply for up to $25,000 to help with the costs of clean up and restoration. 

Wing’s Wildlife Park will receive support for the reconstruction of its not-for-profit native animal hospital, which was demolished after sustaining significant damage.

The only facility of its kind on the north-west coast, the hospital will be able to continue caring for injured and orphaned native wildlife, and its contribution to a range of important environmental and conservation programs.

The new funding also provides up to $2 million in grants for private landholders who are not primary producers to assist with the costs of cleaning up debris and repairing damage on their land. 

Tasmanian Premier, Jeremy Rockliff, said the State Government is continuing to listen and take action where it can as the community recovers.

“Having visited a number of affected properties, there is no doubt the floods had a significant impact and our thoughts continue to be with those who suffered damage to their properties, businesses, and possessions,” Mr Rockliff said.

“This latest round of funding will be welcome news to communities who are still dealing with the impacts, as well as businesses such as Wing’s Wildlife Park, which plays such an important role in the North West community.”

Federal Minister for Emergency Management, Murray Watt, said the funding is in addition to the range of assistance already available under the DRFA to help affected individuals, families, small businesses, primary producers, non-profit organisations and local councils with their recovery from the extreme weather event.

“Today’s announcement enables the Tasmanian Government to access assistance for the restoration of state and local government owned environmental, recreational and community assets,” Mr Watt said.

“It also provides support for sporting organisations and private landholders who were not previously eligible for funding.

“This is another example of the Australian and Tasmanian governments working collaboratively to provide practical assistance to support communities as they recover.

“The Albanese Government is committed to ensuring communities are better prepared and can recover quicker from natural disasters.”

The Federal and Tasmanian Governments said they will continue to work together to ensure flood-affected communities receive the support and assistance needed. 

More information on the grant programs will be made available soon.

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