Bushfire mitigation funding boost for NSW

Issued: 18 October 2017

Federal Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan and New South Wales Minister for Emergency Services, Troy Grant today announced $2.05 million in funding to assist in managing the risks posed by bushfires in NSW.

Minster Keenan said the funding is being provided to the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) as part of the $104 million that the Federal Government has contributed through the National Partnership Agreement (NPA) on Natural Disaster Resilience since coming to government in 2013.

"Bushfires are a fact of life for many Australians but we can always be better prepared. That's why we're working in partnership with state and local governments to try to reduce the devastating impacts of bushfires and other disasters," Mr Keenan said.

The funding will support fire trail works in Dungog and Port Stephens as part of the Lower Hunter Bush Fire Management Committee's Fire Access and Fire Trail Plan.

It will also support the NSW Fire Extent and Severity Mapping developing standardised remote sensing techniques that will provide better fire extent data and capture burn severity.

Minister Grant stressed the importance of understanding and managing the bush fire risk in NSW.

"With increased dry conditions across the State posing a significant threat this bushfire season, it is important our RFS volunteers are supported in their very important service to the community," Mr Grant said.

"As the 2016-17 summer danger period proved, bush fires can have a devastating impact on communities across NSW. The NSW RFS is at the forefront of bush fire preparation and response. By improving fire trails we can maximise the response capabilities of our RFS volunteers in the most trying conditions.

"Our Government is working with the Commonwealth to further enhance bush fire preparedness in the community, and this funding will continue to assist RFS to develop bushfire intelligence to better inform and improve bushfire response practices."