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David Hawker MP Federal Member for Wannon Electorate Office: 190 Gray Street, Hamilton, Vic., 3300 Ph: (03) 5572 1100 or Local Call 1300 131 692 Fax: (03) 55 72 1141 Email: David.Hawker.MP@aph.gov.au Web: www.davidhawker.com.au

Media Release The Hon David Hawker MP Speaker of the House of Representatives Federal Member for Wannon

3 January 2007

FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR DISASTER MITIGATION PROJECTS

Australian Government funds are now available for projects that contribute to safer, sustainable communities that are better able to withstand the effects of floods, storms, bushfires and other natural disasters, Federal Member for Wannon, David Hawker, said today.

Mr Hawker is urging local councils and other eligible organisations including emergency services to submit their applications for funding under the $15.6 million programme.

“Natural disasters such as floods and bushfires occur regularly across the Australian continent, and we have seen all too recently the devastating effects these events have on our local communities and regional economies,” Mr Hawker said.

“The Natural Disaster Mitigation Programme is aimed at identifying and addressing natural disasters through cost effective disaster mitigation. Eligible projects include disaster warning systems, community awareness and readiness measures, investment in disaster resilient public infrastructure, structural works to protect against damage, disaster risk management studies and strategies, and land and building purchase schemes in high risk areas.

“I urge all local agencies that are responsible for disaster management and mitigation works, such as local councils and catchment management authorities, to consider projects for this funding round,” he said.

The closing date for applications is Friday 23 February 2007.

Further information about the Natural Disaster Mitigation Programme including eligibility criteria can be found at www.dotars.gov.au/disasters.

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