Posted on 27 August, 2022
Hanna Leu and Holly Hansen are recovery support officers for the National Recovery and Resilience Agency (NRRA) in Tasmania. They are at Agfest to promote their agency and what the Australian Government does to support communities, individuals, and land holders after disasters.
“Disasters are not just floods and bushfires, they’re also things like biosecurity or Covid19”, says Holly.
Hanna and Holly are the eyes and ears on the ground, reporting back to Canberra about what's needed after disasters and building a case for disaster payments.
“Connecting with individuals is the most important thing for us and having conversations about what support is available. We are approachable and love to chat” says Hanna.
The government now have some grant opportunities and several support packages available. For example, the Preparing Australia Program which several successful businesses have received already.
“That money flows out into the community to make communities better prepared for future disasters.”
Hearing people's stories and experiences with disasters is important so that the team can keep learning.
“We are here, easily contactable and we want to advocate for our communities”
This is a great opportunity for those who want to connect with government to do so at the NRRA tent on the corner of eight and south street, site 73.