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Feedback sought on Disaster Adaptation Plans guidelines

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The NSW government is inviting community consultation on newly released local government draft Disaster Adaptation Plans guidelines.

The state government says the guidelines will help councils develop localised Disaster Adaptation Plans to reduce the risk and impact of climate related hazards and help communities recover faster.

NSW Minister for Emergency Services Jihad Dib says successive years of official Natural Disaster Declarations have highlighted the state’s need to meet the challenges of the future by working with local communities to identify ways to better address natural hazards.

A government media release this week quotes Mr Dib saying the increasing risk of natural disasters also increases pressure on emergency services staff and volunteers.

Mr Dib says the DAPs will help to manage that risk.

Reconstruction Authority to lead local plans

NSW Ministerial visit to Northern Rivers 11-07-23 (L-R): Lismore City Mayor Steve Krieg; emergency services minister Jihad Dib; Lismore MP Janelle Saffin; planning minister Paul Scully
PIC: Mia Armitage

The NSW Reconstruction Authority (RA) is in charge of leading the Disaster Adaptation Plans, which are part of the state’s Disaster Mitigation Plan launched in February.

The RA says it’s proposing Disaster Adaptation Plans (DAP) that are shaped locally, coordinated regionally and facilitated by the state.

Local councils, communities, insurance and banking industries and private businesses are all said to be included in the DAPs.

Public consultation on the draft plans officially started on Monday and is to finish on Friday 23 August.

More information is available via the Reconstruction Authority online.

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