The Cessnock Advertiser's Letters to the Editor: September 22, 2021

Letters to the Editor: September 22

Bushfire grants available

You may be aware that under the Morrison Government's Black Summer Bushfire Recovery (BSBR) program, grants ranging from $20,000 to $10 million are available for projects in local government areas which were disaster-declared for the 2019-20 bushfires.

We know lockdowns due to the pandemic have created difficulties for people preparing applications. For this reason, we have extended the closing date to 5pm October 6. The notional funding amounts identified against each LGA in the grant guidelines are just a guide - they are not a set allocation.

We aim to fund projects across all 110 eligible LGAs, based on projects received, demonstrated need and project merit. The total amount of grant funding awarded to projects in each LGA may be higher or lower than these indicative amounts.

Support for applicants continues to be available via online workshops, as well as short videos and answers to Frequently Asked Questions on our website: recovery.gov.au/black-summer-grants.

Applicants are also encouraged to call the Business Grants Hub call centre with any questions, which is open from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday: Call 13 28 46.

The Hon Shane L Stone, AC QC

Coordinator-General, National Recovery and Resilience Agency

No pre-selection a concern

I am writing in regards to the vacant seat for Hunter now Joel Fitzgibbon has resigned.

As a long term ALP member and born and raised Hunter resident I am appalled that the ALP have decided to parachute a candidate into the seat of Hunter without a pre-selection.

This candidate joined the party in August 2021 and has made no contributions to the Hunter other than being a shooter - how does being a sports person make the best politician?

I believe that the seat for Hunter should have a candidate that is a grass roots member of the ALP and who has the Hunter's best interest at heart. There should be a pre-selection for this seat as for the past 25+ years there has not been one.

Britt Hickey, Cessnock

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