Cessnock organisations and community groups encouraged to apply for NSW Get Ready Community Award

DEDICATED: Millfield RFS volunteers at Corrabare in January. Picture: Millfield Rural Fire Brigade (Facebook)
DEDICATED: Millfield RFS volunteers at Corrabare in January. Picture: Millfield Rural Fire Brigade (Facebook)

Local organisations and groups working on initiatives to help the Cessnock City community better prepare for, respond to, or recover from a disaster are encouraged to apply for the NSW Get Ready Community Award.

Coordinated by Resilience NSW, the award will recognise a community that has worked together to become more prepared and better able to recover from disasters.

Cessnock mayor Bob Pynsent said there have been many great examples of this type of work in the Cessnock local government area this year.

"It has been a year of unprecedented emergencies; from drought to bushfire, storm and flood, to a global pandemic," Cr Pynsent said.

"During these trying times, we have seen first-hand how locals have come together to collaborate and contribute to the creation of a more resilient community.

"We know there are many great examples of this important work in our own backyard and that's why we are encouraging local organisations and groups to apply for this prestigious award."

Applications are open to initiatives that have been completed as well as work that is underway or ongoing. Initiatives must demonstrate community driven partnerships and collaborations.

The term 'community' can refer to a particular township or region, or a group of people that have something in common.

Applications are open until Sunday, July 5 at emergency.nsw.gov.au/getreadyaward. All winners will be notified by email and phone within eight weeks of the closing date.

An awards ceremony is expected to be held in September/October 2020, in conjunction with the Resilient Australia Awards, but dependent on COVID-19 restrictions.

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