Gurmesh Singh MP


Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh says local Crown land managers can apply for a share of $4.1 million in grants on offer statewide to support asset and health and safety improvements on Crown land reserves.

Mr Singh said applications are open for the Crown Land Manager Recovery Support Program to help reserve managers recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

“The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment – Crown Lands is inviting applications from all Crown land managers, including local councils and other trust managers,” Mr Singh said.

“Many Crown reserves were forced to temporarily cease operations during the COVID pandemic having a significant impact on their visitors, events and income. This $4.1 million in grants will help Crown land reserves recover by funding asset improvements and work, health and safety plans to support and encourage visits.”

Grants valued from $5,000 to $150,000 (GST inclusive) will be considered for a range of initiatives including:

  • Upgrades to hygiene facilities such as toilet blocks, soap dispensers and hand sanitiser stands.
  • Procurement of equipment, signage and other resources to support COVID-safe events.
  • Work, health and safety audits for reserves by qualified professionals.

“Grants will support COVID-safe event delivery such as supporting costs associated with appointing marshals for events and hiring of event-related equipment such as barriers and development of online permits or ticketing systems,” Mr Singh said.

“They will also improve risk management practices by funding work, health and safety audits by qualified professionals to support the use of public lands.”

Applications are open until 30 April with successful applicants expected to be announced in May.

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