Lithgow’s Civic Ballroom is set to be upgraded so it can be used as an emergency evacuation centre for the city.
The $300,000 project is being made possible as a result of Government funding as part of the Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund (BCRRF).
Member for Bathurst Paul Toole today announced the funding for Lithgow City Council to carry out the necessary modifications to the Civic Ballroom.
“The catalyst for the LEARN (Lithgow Emergency Access and Resilience Network) project came as a result of the bushfires of late 2019-20 when the Civic Ballroom was opened as an emergency evacuation centre,” Mr Toole said.
“It was then deemed unsuitable for this use, but with NSW Government support the necessary upgrades will ensure the building in the grounds of the Tony Luchetti Sportsground can better respond and support residents in times of need.”
Mr Toole said the NSW Government is building a safer and stronger regional NSW by continuing to deliver funding to bushfire affected communities.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Disaster Recovery John Barilaro said initiatives such as Lithgow’s LEARN project will provide an important boost for local communities with a focus on long-term recovery efforts.
“The Nationals are building a safer and stronger regional NSW by helping communities get back on their feet after the worst bushfires in living memory. This funding will support the ongoing, sustained efforts on the ground as communities continue to rebuild,” Mr Barilaro said.
“The Government has committed $4.4 billion to bushfire recovery with every bushfire affected LGA receiving support.”