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Application Date Extended for Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund

Businesses and communities in bushfire impacted regions will now have more time to prepare and apply for grants under the $250 million Bushfire Local Economic Recovery (BLER) fund open round, which is co-funded by the NSW and Australian governments.

Australian Minister for Emergency Management, David Littleproud and NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro today announced a new deadline for applications of 28 January 2021.
Mr Littleproud said that the Commonwealth was committed to ensuring that as many communities and businesses as possible could access Local Economic Recovery support.

“Our national approach to Local Economic Recovery funding is about assisting communities to lead their own recovery, with governments and local partners funding projects that will make a real difference locally,” Mr Littleproud said.

“I encourage fire affected communities in New South Wales to get together and consider what their community needs to boost their economy, their wellbeing and their recovery, and I look forward to seeing what people come up with and the benefits that will flow long-term.”
Mr Barilaro said an additional 12 months has also been provided for successful applicants to deliver their BLER projects, with all projects now to be completed by June 2023.

“As communities focus on rebuilding, the last thing they need is to come up against bureaucratic red tape so we are working with communities and councils in bushfire impacted areas to support them during this period,” Mr Barilaro said.

“We know we need to work with people not against them, and we have heard communities loud and clear. Communities and businesses are still working to re-establish themselves, and for many, it is going to be some time before that is a possibility."

“By extending the BLER deadline we are giving bushfire affected communities the opportunity to plan, develop and deliver the best proposals for projects that will support the
 social and economic recovery of these regions, and create vital jobs now and into the future.”

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