New Disaster Response Taskforce to Support NSW Councils
1st July 2021
A new Disaster Response Taskforce has been established by the NSW Government to help local councils respond to natural disasters and manage the recovery process.
Deputy Premier and the minister responsible for disaster recovery John Barilaro said five new roles have been created to help council staff develop and deliver disaster recovery projects across NSW.
“The scale of the recent floods across NSW have put local councils under immense pressure as they work hard to restore safe access and rebuild – a job that they sometimes do not have the in-house capability or capacity to deliver quickly,” Mr Barilaro said.
“That’s why we have established this specialised taskforce to work with councils across the state to help their communities get back on their feet as soon as possible.”
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the new staff will assist councils in applying for disaster funding to ensure they have the resources they need to fix vital infrastructure in a timely manner.
“These specialists will be based in the regions they are supporting, which makes a huge difference in understanding the needs of each community, and will be in place by the end of the month.”