All at the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation (ILSC) are deeply saddened by the bushfires that are currently devastating communities around the country, resulting in the tragic loss of human life, homes, businesses, wildlife and bushland.
In response, the ILSC has established the 2020 Bushfire Emergency Response Grant for Indigenous corporations whose property has been directly affected by the recent bushfires.
Eddie Fry, Chair of ILSC and Indigenous Business Australia (IBA), said a grant of up to $20,000 would provide immediate support for Indigenous corporations who have experienced the loss of or damage to property through the current bushfires.
The loss of and damage to Indigenous properties have had an immense impact on Indigenous businesses, as well as flora, fauna and cultural and environmental sites important not just to Indigenous nations but all Australians.
The road to recovery for affected Indigenous lands will be long, and will require the efforts of many, but this ILSC grant assistance will provide easy access to funds for Indigenous corporations in this time of need, and are not restricted to corporations currently working with the ILSC.
The ILSC will look to assist Indigenous landowners in the coming months and years. However, mindful of the immediate needs, the ILSC will provide urgent assistance to help secure properties and clean up the devastation.
In addition to the grants, the ILSC is offering urgent assistance with sourcing services such as sub-contractors to organisations that have been directly affected by the bushfires.
Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon. Ken Wyatt, said the ILSC and IBA support initiatives had his full support.
Media Release – Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation
• The ILSC has established an emergency response grant for any Indigenous corporation whose property has been directly affected by the recent bushfires. A grant of up to $20,000 will be available to assist Indigenous corporations to immediately secure and clean up damaged properties.
• The ILSC will also make available a grant to assist Indigenous land management groups and contractors assisting the vital recovery efforts with much needed equipment.