Lithgow City Council is excited to receive a 12-month extension to the NSW Bushfire Community Recovery Officer’s position to continue to support the community with disaster recovery.

Federal Minister for Emergency Management, David Littleproud and NSW Deputy Premier and Minister Responsible for Disaster Recovery John Barilaro have extended funding for the continuation of 22 Community Recovery Officers (CRO’s) assisting councils across NSW. 

“This Council is thrilled to have Rachel Nicoll continuing as our Community Recovery Officer for an additional 12 months so that she can continue the great work done so far with the bushfire affected community’’ said Mayor, Clr Ray Thompson.

Additional funding has been awarded to Council to assist the community with flood recovery as well. This funding will allow the residents affected by recent flooding to access relevant information and resources. Council will continue to implement community recovery programs and provide community capacity building.

“This extension comes at a critical time and I’m very grateful to be able to continue this work with Council alongside some of the most resilient people and communities. There are a number of great initiatives following these disasters and I hope wherever people are in their recovery journey, they find some encouragement that assistance and support is available. It’s just a phone call away”, said Community Recovery Officer Rachel Nicoll.

“The announcement recognises the strong partnership approach between NSW Government and Council. We are excited about this opportunity and what lies ahead as we work together to build resilience in our community”, said Mayor Thompson.